BRESOV International workshop "Potentialities and challenges of breeding for the vegetable organic systems", Almeria (Spain)

November 28, 2019
Almeria, Spain

Organizing and scientific committee: CREA, ESA, UAL, UNICT, UPV

Local organizer: UAL

To overcome the Derogation regime that allows organic farmers to use untreated seeds produced under conventional farming, it is crucial to develop varieties adapted to organic farming and produce their seeds under organic conditions. That sets new opportunities and challenges for scientists and the seed industry. The development of new breeding approaches and a wise integration of old ones is necessary. This workshop aims to clarify the actual EU landscape for the organic sector and understand how breeding can help bridge the perspectives of the seed industry, the organic farmers, the consumers and other stakeholders.

Tentative program 8.00: Registration 8.45 - 9.00: Introductory remarks 10.00 - 9.25: Organic breeding: the perspective of the commercial seed industry (ESA) 11.25 - 9.50: The EU landscape of organic farming and organic breeding (EU) 12.50 - 10.15: The evolution of breeding approaches: from crosses to genome editing (CREA, UAL, UPV) 13.15 -10.40: Organic breeding: principles and applications (E.T. Lammerts van Bueren, The Netherlands) 10.40 -1.00: Coffee break 15.00 -11.25: Breeding for organic agro-systems in practice (Professional breeder) 16.25 -11.50: New breeding techniques and organic farming (M.G. Palmgren, Denmark) 17.50 -12.35: The contribution of H2020 projects: • The BRESOV project (F. Branca, UNICT) • The LIVESEED project (M. Messmer, Switzerland) • The ECOBREED project (V. Meglić, Slovenia) 12.35 -13.35: The way forward: discussion and conclusions (M. Bruins, European Seed Magazine) 13.13.35 -14.30: Light lunch

Registration fee: 30 Euro (Students 15 Euro)

Target audience: Breeders; Organic farmers; Scientists and students

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