Modern breeding techniques for maize improvement

Modern breeding techniques for maize improvement


Modern breeding techniques for maize improvement

The program will start with fundamental background sessions on maize breeding, the use of molecular markers in plant breeding, plant biotechnology, genetic transformation, and new breeding techniques for maize. Experts from Europe and Africa will give an overview of all biotic and abiotic stresses affecting the growth of maize and possible solutions to overcome these threats. In these sessions, special emphasis will be given on the effects of fungal contamination, drought, and soil fertility on the growth and yield of maize. The course continues with both theory and exercises for the understanding of the basic principles and methodologies of crop safety and risk assessment. The sessions will be interactive, including group work, presentations, and discussions. The program also includes practical exercises about maize phenotyping and bioinformatics and visits to confined field trials.

Target Audience

Students, scientists, and professionals from the public and industrial sector, who are involved in local crop (maize) improvement or GM regulatory programs
Admission requirements:

  • Holder of at least a Bachelor (or equivalent) in Science, Plant Biotechnology, Agricultural or Bioengineering Sciences
  • Good knowledge of English
  • Preference will be given to participants from Africa involved in maize breeding
  • A balance between male and female participants will be achieved

Organizing Committee

  • Prof. Dr. Godelieve Gheysen (Chairman, UGent, IPBO, Belgium)
  • Dr. Hilde Nelissen (VIB-UGent PSB, Belgium)
  • Dr. Marc Heijde (IPBO, VIB-UGent, Belgium)