Plant breeding essentially consists of creating new genetic variation, and selecting offspring with the desired combination of traits. In recent years, the toolbox of plant breeders has grown enormously. In this MeetUp, we will take a closer look at frontier developments in creation of new genetic variation and the use of big data in selection. We do so together with our keynote speaker, an outside in perspective from animal breeding, and two expert panels from the plant breeding community.
Below an overview of the key questions during the events:
- What possibilities do seed companies see to apply directed recombination in their breeding programs? What kind of results can we then expect?
- Which barriers still stand in the way of practical application? What is needed to remove these barriers?
- What can plant breeders learn from how animal breeders deal with big data at both genotype and phenotype levels?