WHEAt and barley Legacy for Breeding Improvement

Trainings Crop management and Development of Innovative Cropping Systems – Wheat and barley Pre-breeding – May 2018 – Cambridge

During the WHEALBI project, an important issue is given to the knowledge transmission.

Last trainings of the project are organised in May 2018 in Cambridge:


  • Crop Management and Development of Innovative Cropping Systems

Organizer: NIAB

Cambridge, 29-30 May 2018


  • Wheat and Barley Pre-breeding

Organizer: KWS

Cambridge, 30-31 May 2018


Registration: Each training has a limited number of attendees (35) so the registration is in two steps : 

1 – Please pre-register on Eventbrite and send directly an email to “contact@whealbi.eu” with your background, current employee or current studies followed, and short explanation of your interest to participate to the training.

2 – Wait for the confirmation from WHEALBI consortium last week of March. Please don’t book your travel until you get this confirmation for attendance.

Each training can be attended independently. You have until the 13 April to make your pre-registration.  

Workshop “Wheat and Barley Pre-breeding”: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/training-wp6-wheat-and-barley-pre-breeding-tickets-42416739610

Workshop “Crop Management and Development of Innovative Cropping Systems” : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/training-wp7-crop-management-and-innovative-cropping-systems-tickets-42416687454




Tentative schedule (22nd January 2018):

Crop management/ Development of Innovative Cropping Systems (29-30 May 2018)

29 May:

10.00am – 10.45am: Registration

10.45am – 11.00am: Welcome (Nathan Morris, NIAB)

11.00am – 12.30pm: Innovative conservation crop management practices (Nathan Morris, NIAB)

12.30pm – 1.30pm: LUNCH

1.30pm – 2.30pm: Innovative organic crop management practices – (Ambrogio Costanzo, ORC)

2.30pm – 3.30pm: Crop physiology (Eric Ober, NIAB)

3.30pm – 4.00pm: Coffee / tea break

4.00 – 5.30pm: Quantitative Genetics – (Ian Mackay, IM Plant Consultancy)

5.30pm – 6.00pm: Overview and discussion


30 May:

8.30 am – 11.00 am: Field Visit (Nathan Morris + Lydia Smith, NIAB)

Field visit to include NIAB Innovation Farm facilities and WHEALBI demo plots.

Wider field tour at Cambridge

11.00am – 3.00pm: Common workshops field Visit (including lunch)

3.00pm: End of the workshop


Wheat and Barley Pre-breeding (30-31 May 2018)  

30 May:

11.00am: Registration, field tour at NIAB and lunch

3.00pm : Start of the Workshop

3.00pm – 3.15pm: Welcome, Whealbi and KWS (Jacob Lage, KWS, 15min)

3.15pm – 4.00pm: Setting the scene, and experiences from trait focused pre-breeding (Professor Richard Trethowan, University of Sydney, 45min)

4.00pm – 4.30pm: Coffee/ tea break

Session 1: Novel source of genetic diversity

4.30pm – 4.50pm: The role of IP and Nagoya in pre-breeding: why should we care? (Paul Olson, KWS)

4.50pm  – 5.10pm: Value of landraces to plant breeding (Joanne Russell, James Hutton Institute)

5.10pm – 5.30pm: From QTL mapping to introgression to validation (Tamar Krugman, Haifa University)

5.30pm – 5.50pm: Use of cytogenetics in pre-breeding (Martha Molnar, retired from Martonvasaar)

6.00pm : End of Day 1

Dinner : To be decided. Either group dinner or ‘free evening’

31 May:

Session 2: Tools in pre-breeding

8.00am – 8.30am: The role of Magic and NAM populations in applied pre-breeding (Gilles Charmet, INRA, 25min)

8.30am – 9.00am: Peri-centric haplotype pre-breeding (Peter Werner, KWS, 25min)

9.00am – 9.30am: Physiology based pre-breeding (Scott Boden, John Innes Centre, 20min)

9.30am – 10.00am: Use of modelling in pre-breeding (Daniela Bustos Korts, Wageningen, 20min)

10.00am – 10.30am: Coffee/ tea break


Session 3: Conventional pre-breeding in a modern era

10.30am – 11.00am: Combining winter and spring pools in hybrid breeding – lessons from a commercial hybrid programme in South Africa (Francois Koekemoer, Sensako, 25min)

11.00am – 11.30am: Role of pre-breeding in hybrid pool development (Yann Mannes, Syngenta, 25min)

11.30am – 12.00am: Introgression of novel AB&D-genome diversity into elite UK winter wheat germplasm: lessons learnt (Phil Howell, NIAB, 25min)

12.00am – 12.30pm: Pre-breeding in a commercial context (Jacob Lage, KWS, 25min)

1.00pm – 2.00pm: Lunch at NIAB

2.00pm – 5.00pm: KWS visit

5.00pm: Return to NIAB – End of workshop


Workshop details:

Workshop registration is free. However, lunch and workshop diners will be paid in advance by the participants to avoid absences at the conference.

Hotel: Participants after receiving confirmation for the attendance will get a list of hotels to perform their own registrations.