Edward Buckler

USDA-ARS Research Geneticist, United States

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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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Haydn Kuchel

CEO and Head of Breeding, AGT, Australia

 

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Jill Cairns

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

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Jimmy Botella

Professor of Plant Biotechnology, University of Queensland

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Mark Howden

Director of the Climate Change Institute, Australian National University

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Jacqueline Batley

Professor, School of Biological Sciences, University of Western Australia

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

There will be a pre-conference workshop on Sunday 20th June

The conference will open at 8.30am on Monday 21st June.

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 first day of the conference will conclude with the product showcase and poster 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 23rd June 2021.

Draft Program Outline

Call for Abstracts for Oral and Poster Presentations

Abstract Submissions Open

The Australasian Plant Breeding Conference 2021 will be held at the QT Gold Coast 21 - 23 June 2021. 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.

 

The closing date for abstract submission is 31 January 2021.  

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 1st March 2021. Instructions will be provided on the notification email.

 

Under the theme APBC 2021 “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