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Breeding for Bacon, Beer and Biofuels, 16-17 Apr 2015, Edinburgh

The growing world population demands a sustainable intensification of agricultural production across the globe. At the same time there is competition for land use and we have to mitigate both the causes and consequences of climate change. This poses a range of challenges for plant and animal breeders who have to select the genotypes that are best suited to future production circumstances which are uncertain. 

At the same time, technological and methodological advances provide breeders with a range of tools to accelerate genetic progress and enable ‘precision breeding’. 

This meeting will bring together scientists from different disciplines related to artificial selection and highlight different aspects on how genetics continues to be a cornerstone of food production. The topics of the meeting will be across plant and animal species and range from domestication of new species for agriculture to genomic selection, genetic modification and novel phenotyping approaches. 

"Breeding for Bacon, Beer and Biofuels" will take place on 16-17 April 2015 at The Roslin Institute, Edinburgh.

Abstract submission deadline: 5 March 2015


  • Alison Bentley (The John Bingham Laboratory, UK) 
  • Anna Sonesson (Nofima, Norway)
  • Catherine Howarth (University of Aberystwyth, UK)
  • Chris-Carolin Schön (Technische Universität München, Germany)
  • Graham Moore (John Innes Centre, UK)
  • Heiner Niemann (Friedrich Loeffler Institute, Germany)
  • Helen Sang (The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • Jack Dekkers (Iowa State University, USA)
  • Jennie Pryce (La Trobe University, Australia)
  • John Hickey (The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, UK)
  • Li-Hua Zhu (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden)
  • Thomas Lubberstedt (Iowa State University, USA)

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