WHEAt and barley Legacy for Breeding Improvement

The First Annual Meeting

The first annual meeting was hosted by the Centre for Agricultural Research of Martonvasar (Hungary) from the 20 to the 22nd of May 2015.

This first consortium meeting after more than one year allowed seeing the advances in the different workpackages. A particular focus was given to the “Common Garden” trials, large field experiments with more than 1000 wheat and barley accessions showing a very broad diversity. These 1000 accessions, cultivated in small plots in 5 different countries (UK, France, Turkey, Hungary, Italy) will be scored for many different morphological and adaptive traits, allowing in a second step with their genotyping to search for specific gene variants, including the genes involved in the adaptation of the accessions to specific environments as well as those selected during the domestication process.

Pictures from the “Common Garden” field experiment

General view of the Common Garden experiment

General view of the Common Garden experiment

Example of genetic diversity between different wheat accessions

Example of genetic diversity between different wheat accessions

Members of the consortium scoring barley

Members of the consortium scoring barley

Accessions are evaluated both for winter and spring habit. Above, the wheat spring test