Jacqueline Batley

Professor, School of Biological Sciences, University of Western Australia

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Edward Buckler

USDA-ARS Research Geneticist, United Kingdon

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Jill Wegrzyn

Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, USA

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Steven Knapp

Professor and Director of the Strawberry Breeding Program, Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis

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Jill Cairns

Principal Scientist, International Maize and Wheat Breeding Institute (CIMMYT) 

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Haydn Kuchel

CEO and Head of Breeding, AGT, Australia

 

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The program is currently under development, and will be constructed from submitted abstracts.

There will be a welcome reception on the Sunday night from 6pm – 8pm.

Each day of the conference will open with 2 invited plenary talks with concurrent sessions following the morning break. The conference will finish with 2 invited plenary speakers.

The second day of the conference will end with a poster and drinks session.

A conference dinner will be held at the conference venue from 7pm – 11pm on the night of the last day of the conference, Wednesday 24th June 2020.

Call for Abstracts for Oral and Poster Presentations

Abstract Submissions Now Open

The Australasian Plant Breeding Conference 2020 will be held at the QT Gold Coast 21 - 24 June 2020. We are happy to announce that abstract submission for the conference is open. Please note that all abstracts are to be submitted online only.

Abstract Guidelines

Abstracts submitted must be original and not presented or published elsewhere. They should be no more than 300 words in length.

Abstracts will be considered for both oral and poster presentations. This decision will be made at the discretion of the program committee based upon relevance and contribution to plant breeding.

Submit an Abstract

The closing date for abstract submission is 14th February 2020.  

Upon receipt of your submission, YRD will issue an email confirmation to the submitting author. Please allow up to 48 hours for an email confirmation of your abstract submission. If you do not receive a confirmation email from the abstract system within 48 hours please contact apbc@yrd.com.au. All abstracts will be reviewed by the program committee and you will be notified of your submission outcome via email no later than 9th April 2020. Instructions will be provided on the notification email.

 

Under the theme APBC 2020 “Towards 2050”, four broad sub-themes for abstract submission are suggested (although contribution addressing topics related to plant breeding not covered here are also very welcome):

 Predictive breeding

- Linking genotype to phenotype
- Genomic selection
- Remote sensing
- Crop modelling
- Big data
- Biometry

Products for markets

- Applied breeding success stories
- End-product quality
- Pathology
- Commercialisation of varieties and IP
- Biotechnology including gene editing

Dealing with the impacts of variability and climate change

- Flexibility and agility of breeding
- Genetic resources including indigenous ownership of native plants, germplasm diversity and conservation
- Breeding for a moving target
- Biotic and abiotic stresses
- Plasticity
- Impacts of climate variability on commercial breeding programs

Preparing for the future

- Educating the next generation of plant breeders
- Genetic resources