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Plant Breeding Innovations

11 Jun 2020

Chaired by Anthony John, Department of International Trade

This session explores the opportunity that plant breeding techniques such as gene editing and sequencing, alongside increasing collaboration between researchers and industry, offer in creating crops and varieties that are much fitter for a future that aims to be low in carbon and pesticide usage. 

  • Kim Hammond-Kosack, Rothamsted Research reveals a bold new resilient world in which breeding technologies will deliver resistance to aphids, take-all, septoria and slugs in the future
  • James Brosnan, chair of the International Barley Hub, which is galvanising the research community and supply chain to address the big issues of resilience and climate change, talks about the innovations coming barley’s way 
  • Cristobal Uauy gives an insight into CRISPR gene editing technology and how it can be used to produce new varieties with benefits to farming and the environment.
  • Rob Hiles, Syngenta looks at the potential benefits of hybrid wheats, which are getting closer to becoming a commercial reality.



Anthony John, Plant and Precision Agriculture Specialist - Department of International Trade
Prof Cristobal Uauy, Group Leader, Wheat Geneticist-Department of Crop Genetics - John Innes Centre
Kim Hammond-Kosack, Molecular Plant Pathologist Biointeractions and Crop Protection - Rothamsted
James Brosnan, Research Director - International Barley Hub
Rob Hiles, Seed Business Sustainability Lead - Syngenta




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