Breeding for Bacon, Beer and Biofuels

16—17 April 2015

The Roslin Institute, Edinburgh

Science Programme

Podcast with Jenny Pryce

Podcast with organiser DJ de Koning

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.
Organizers:Helen Sang, Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh

Alan Archibald, Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh

Ian MacKay, NIAB

DJ de Koning, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Kay Boulton, Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh