Expert Working Groups

Expert Working Groups (EWGs) are established where there would be benefit from bringing together experts with a focus on a topic of relevance to the Wheat Initiative’s aims and objectives. The Wheat Initiative provides EWGs with a platform for discussion, information sharing and interaction to identify and address specific research and organisational challenges.

While EWGs are encouraged to organise their own regular meetings, the Wheat Initiative further organises EWG Jamborees to foster open discussions and create cooperation opportunities between EWGs. The 1st Expert Working Group Jamboree was held on Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 September 2014 in Paris, France. As the first gathering of its kind, the Jamboree brought together more than 50 experts from 11 countries, representing 29 public research organisations, 6 private companies and 3 international organisations. The Jamboree agenda can be found here (PDF 176KB)

Proposals for the establishment of EWGs are welcomed all year round. Invitations to participate in EWGs are issued through calls for experts open to Wheat Initiative member and non-member organisations alike. The selection of applicants is made by the EWG proposers with final decision on the composition of the EWG made by the Wheat Initiative Scientific Board, to which the EWG reports.

EWGs have clear objectives that could include (but are not be limited to) specific activities such as contributing to the development and implementation of the Wheat Initiative Strategic Research Agenda, delivering position papers, stimulating and facilitating knowledge sharing within a scientific community or addressing a particular challenge through a research programme. The minimum output is an annual report for dissemination to the Wheat Initiative Committees and the wheat research community through the Wheat Initiative website.

Guidelines for setting up and managing Expert Working Groups (PDF 500KB) are available for download, along with templates for use by EWGs during the different phases of their development.

Annex 1 – Topic Proposal template (124KB)

Annex 2 – Membership Application Form template (110KB)

Annex 3 – Agenda template (135KB)

Annex 4 – 1st Meeting Minutes template (124 KB)             

Annex 5 – Minutes template (112KB)

Annex 6 – Annual Report template (131KB)

Annex 7 – Annual Accounts (35KB)

Information on each of the EWGs established under the Wheat Initiative this far can be found on this page.

Purpose

This Expert Working Group focuses on the development of a Wheat Information System

Call for Experts

The call for experts will remain open. Any experts wishing to participate to the WheatIS Expert Working Group should complete the application form and send it via email to wheat.initiative@versailles.inra.fr.

Proposal

An expert committee, led by Hadi Quesneville (INRA, France) and Mario Caccamo (TGAC, UK), initially produced a survey analysis (PDF 425KB) of wheat research community needs.  They submitted a proposal to set up a Wheat Initiative Expert Working Group and develop a Wheat Information System (WheatIS).

The topic was considered as a top priority by the Institutions’ Coordination Committee (ICC) in November 2012 and the proposal was endorsed by the Research Committee (RC) in January 2012. At the request of the RC, different scenarios were provided to clarify timeframes and required means to achieve the goals described in the EWG proposal. ICC members agreed on May 15th 2013 the terms of the overall project and encouraged the EWG proposers to implement it without any further delay. The project started with TGAC (UK) and URGI (France) as leading WheatIS nodes progressively includes other nodes. The Research Data Alliance (https://rd-alliance.org/) will contribute to the development of the WheatIS.

A revised version of the Wheat IS proposal as well as an action plan were produced by the EWG following its second meeting.

Composition of the EWG

OrganisationCountry
Chair
Hadi QuesnevilleNational Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) France
Vice-Chairs
Mario Caccamo The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) UK
David Edwards University of Queensland Australia
Gerard LazoUSDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) USA
Members
Michael Alaux National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) France
Ruth Bastow Global Plant Council and GARNet UK
Ute Baumann Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics Australia
Fran ClarkeAgriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)Canada
Kate Dreher CIMMYTMexico
Jorge Dubcovsky University of California, Davis and Howard Hughes Medical InstituteUSA
Takeshi ItohNational Institute of Agrobiological Sciences (NIAS)Japan
Paul KerseyEMBL European Bioinformatics InstituteUK
David Marshall James Hutton Institute UK
Klaus MayerMunich Information Center for Protein Sequences (MIPS), Helmholtz Center MunichGermany
Amidou N’DiayeUniversity of Saskatchewan Canada
Christopher RawlingsRothamsted Research UK
Doreen WareUSDA ARS and Cold Spring Harbor LaboratoryUSA

Meetings

The first WheatIS EWG workshop was held on December 2-3, 2013.

See a Photo of the group meeting in Versailles.

A second meeting was organised in San Diego in January 13, 2014.

Purpose

Set up in 2005, the IWGSC aims at delivering a high quality reference sequence of the bread wheat genome.

Proposal

The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) submitted a proposal in 2012 to be recognized as a Wheat Initiative Expert Working Group. The Research Committee (RC) endorsed the IWGSC as a Wheat Initiative Expert Working Group in January 2013, and the Institutions’ Coordination Committee (ICC) considered as a top priority to have access to a high quality reference sequence anchored to the genetic and phenotypic maps before 2016.  

Following recommendations of the ICC and the RC, the IWGSC developed scenarios for accelerating the delivery of a high quality sequence at a reasonable price.  The ICC members endorsed the proposal in May 2013 and agreed that pooling of resources facilitated by the Wheat Initiative would allow wheat genome sequencing to occur in a more rapid and efficient fashion. A more detailed description of the strategy was provided by the IWGSC to the ICC in November 2013.

The ICC members committed themselves to look for the best ways to raise funds in their countries. It was decided to create an IWGSC-ICC taskforce to explore funding avenues, including the approach of private companies and foundations by high-level ICC members.

Purpose

The Expert Working Group on Durum Wheat Genomics and Breeding aims to bring together and synergize the activities of those stakeholders interested in promoting (i) specific research actions focused on improving durum wheat productivity and quality and (ii) collaborations with the scientific community active in genomics of bread wheat.

Call for Experts

The call for experts will remain open. Any experts wishing to participate in the Durum Wheat Genomics and Breeding Expert Working Group should complete the application form and send it via email to wheat.initiative@versailles.inra.fr.

Proposal

The proposal to establish an Expert Working Group on Durum Wheat Genomics and Breeding was submitted by Luigi Cattivelli (Agricultural Research Council (CRA), Italy) and Roberto Tuberosa (University of Bologna, Italy) and revised according to the suggestions of the Wheat Initiative Research Committee. The Research Committee globally approved the revised proposal in July 2013 and endorsed the creation of an EWG on Durum Wheat Genomics and Breeding for an initial period of 4 years. 

Meetings

Informal meetings with smaller groups of members have taken place during late 2013 and early 2014. The first meeting of the EWG was held on March 24, 2014 in Ciudad Obregón alongside the Borlaug100 meetings. The minutes of the meeting can be found here (PDF 230KB).

Purpose

The Expert Working Group on Wheat Breeding Methods and Strategies aims to build capacity and to support improved breeding methods research, and international exchange of information and germplasm. Anticipated deliverables include more efficient wheat breeding programs that use advanced breeding methods and a larger pool of wheat breeders trained in state-of-the-art breeding methods. Underpinning wheat breeding methods research will be increased exchange of wheat germplasm and information and training workshops.   

Call for Experts

The call for experts will remain open indefinitely. Any experts wishing to participate in the Wheat Breeding Methods and Strategies Expert Working Group should complete the form and send it via email to wheat.initiative@versailles.inra.fr.

Proposal

The proposal to establish an Expert Working Group on Wheat Breeding and Strategies was submitted by Mark Sorrels (Cornell University, USA) and Gilles Charmet (INRA, France) in 2012 and revised according to the suggestions of the Wheat Initiative Research Committee. The Research Committee globally approved the revised proposal in July 2013 and endorsed the creation of the EWG for an initial period of 4 years.

Composition of the EWG

Organisation

Country

Co-Chairs

Alison Bentley

National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB)

UK

Gilles Charmet

National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)

France

Members

Stephen Baenziger

University of Nebraska

USA

David Bonnett

CIMMYT

Mexico

Jaap Buntjer

KeyGene N.V.

Netherlands

Ron DePauw

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Canada

Erhard Ebmeyer

KWS Lochow GMBH

Germany

Velu Govindan

CIMMYT

Mexico

Pilar Hernandez

Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (CSIC)

Spain

John Hickey

The Roslin Institute

UK

Huw Jones

Rothamsted Research

UK

Ron Knox

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) SPARC

Canada

Viktor Korzun

KWS Lochow GMBH / KWS Cereals Division

Germany/UK/France/USA

Friedrich Longin

University of Hohenheim

Germany

Ian Mackay

National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB)

UK

Calvin Qualset

University of California, Davis

USA

Guenter Welz

Bayer CropScience AG

Germany

Meetings

The first formal meeting of the EWG was held on Sunday 29 June 2014 in conjunction with the joint EUCARPIA Cereal Section & ITMI Conference in Wernigerode, Germany. At this meeting the Co-Chairs and Secretary were elected and first steps for the EWG discussed, as outlined in the meeting minutes.

Purpose

The Expert Working Group on Wheat Phenotyping aims to reduce the gap between genomics and phenotyping for wheat improvement by supporting and strengthening research initiatives, as well as by developing new technologies focused on wheat phenotyping on an international scale. It will promote collaborations and exchange of expertise in wheat phenotyping, enhance the integration of phenotyping into breeding and genomics programs, engage experts from non-plant disciplines in wheat phenotyping and support training and capacity building.

Call for Experts

The call for experts will remain open. Any experts wishing to participate in the Wheat Phenotyping to Support Wheat Improvement Expert Working Group should complete the application form and send via email to wheat.initiative@versailles.inra.fr.

Proposal

The proposal to establish an Expert Working Group was submitted by Bettina Berger (University of Adelaide, Australia), Robert Furbank (CSIRO Plant Industry Canberra, Australia), Mark Tester (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), Uli Schurr (IBG-2 Forschungszentrum Juelich, Germany), Boris Parent (INRA, France), Martin Parry (Rothamsted Research, UK), Matthew Reynolds (CIMMYT, Mexico), Jesse Poland (USDA-ARS, USA), and endorsed by the Wheat Initiative Research Committee at their 2nd meeting on September 14, 2013, with recommendation to extend its initial duration to a 4-year period.

Composition of the EWG

OrganisationCountry
Lead Proposer
Bettina BergerAustralian Plant Phenomics Facility, University of AdelaideAustralia
Executive Board
Luis AguirrezábalUniversity of Mar del Plata & CONICET Argentina
Fred BaretNational Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)France
Robert FurbankHigh Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre CSIRO Plant Industry Australia
Michel GhanemInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)Morocco
Hamlyn JonesUniversity of Dundee/ University of Western AustraliaUK/ Australia
Boris ParentNational Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)France
Martin ParryPlant Biology and Crop Science, Rothamsted ResearchUK
Jesse PolandKansas State UniversityUSA
Jagadish RaneNational Institute of Abiotic Stress Management (NIASM)India
Matthew ReynoldsCIMMYTMexico
Ulrich SchurrForschungszentrum JülichGermany
Mark TesterKAUST Center for Desert Agriculture (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology)Saudi Arabia
Ottó VeiszAgricultural Institute, Centre for Agricultural Research, Hungarian Academy of SciencesHungary
Pablo J. Zarco-TejadaInstitute for Sustainable Agriculture (IAS), Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC)Spain

Meetings

The Wheat Phenotyping to Support Wheat Improvement Expert Working Group is planning to hold its first face-to-face meeting in late 2014.

Purpose

The Expert Working Group on Wheat Plant and Crop Modeling aims to facilitate linkages between crop modellers, physiologists and breeders to improve global wheat production. It will organise workshops to bring together these experts to discuss and advance wheat models to support model-assisted wheat improvement. The EWG will identify gaps in experimental data and crop physiological knowledge and explore pathways to improve global wheat production through linking crop modelling and crop physiology with plant breeding.

Call for Experts

The call for experts will remain open. Any experts wishing to participate in the Wheat Plant and Crop Modeling Expert Working Group should complete the application form and return it via email wheat.initiative@versailles.inra.fr.

Proposal

The proposal to establish an Expert Working Group was submitted by Senthold Asseng (University of Florida, USA), Frank A Ewert (Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation, University of Bonn, Germany) and Pierre Martre (National Institute for Agricultural Research, France),

 and was endorsed for a 2-year period by the Wheat Initiative Research Committee at their 2nd meeting on September 14, 2013, subject to revisions which have now been agreed by the Scientific Board as delegated by the Research Committee.

Composition of the EWG

OrganisationCountry
Chair
Senthold AssengUniversity of FloridaUSA
Co-Chairs
Frank EwertInstitute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation (INRES), University of BonnGermany
Pierre MartreNational Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)France
Scott ChapmanCommonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)Australia
Members
Bruno AndrieuNational Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)France
MD BabarFloridaUSA
Silvia BarallaResearch Centre for the Soil-Plant SystemItaly
Andres BergerNational Institute for Agricultural Research (INIA) Uruguay
Marco BindiUniversity of FlorenceItaly
Scott ChapmanCommonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)Australia
Karine ChenuThe University of Queensland / QAAFIAustralia
Fernanda DreccerCommonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)Australia
David GouacheARVALIS – Institut du végétalFrance
Yong He National Research Council - Plant Biotechnology InstituteCanada
Ann-Kristin KoehlerUniversity of LeedsUK
Greg McMasterUSDA-ARS Agricultural Systems Research UnitUSA
Johannes A. PostmaForschungszentrum JuelichGermany
Eckart PriesackHelmholtz Zentrum München/ Technische Universität MünchenGermany
Mikhail SemenovRothamsted ResearchUK
Gustavo A. SlaferICREA and University of LleidaSpain
Yerlan TuruspekovInstitute of Plant Biology and BiotechnologyKazakhstan
David Van SandfordUniversity of KentuckyUSA
Edwin WangNational Research Council Canada and McGill UniversityCanada
Enli WangCommonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)Australia
Hong WangSemiarid Prairie Agricultural Research Centre (SPARC), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)Canada
Jeffrey WhiteUSDA-ARS Arid-Land Agricultural Research CenterUSA

Meetings

The Wheat Plant and Crop Modeling Expert Working Group held its first meeting on June 24-26 in conjunction with the Symposium and Workshop on Modeling Wheat under Changing Environment: Model Intercomparison and Improvement and the AgMIP Wheat meeting. The EWG meeting minutes are available here (PDF 266 KB).
 
The EWG is planning to hold its second meeting on November 1, 2014 in Long Beach, California, USA.

Purpose

The Expert Working Group on Control of Wheat Pathogens and Pests aims to facilitate global coordination of efforts to develop management and gene stewardship deployment strategies. Whereas coordination of research on the three rust pathogens will build on the framework of the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative, the facilitation of networks and interactions among key labs conducting research on host-selective toxin-producing nectrophic pathogens, Fusarium head blight, powdery mildew, wheat blast, pathogenic nematodes, virus diseases, and insect pests is needed to encourage the sharing of information and coordination of efforts. These activities will lead to reductions in yield losses due to diseases and pests, and therefore contribute to the enhancement of global food security.

Call for Experts

The call for experts will remain open indefinitely. Any experts wishing to participate in the Control of Wheat Pathogens and Pests Expert Working Group should complete the application form (126KB) and return it via email to wheat.initiative@versailles.inra.fr.

Proposal

The proposal (PDF 886KB) to establish an Expert Working Group was submitted by Evans Lagudah (CSIRO Plant Industry, Australia) and Justin Faris (United States Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Service, USA), and received the support of the Wheat Initiative Research Committee at its 3rd meeting on March 21, 2014.

Purpose

The Expert Working Group on the Adaptation of Wheat to Abiotic Stress aims to bring together and capitalise on existing national and international research and development activities to ensure that wheat yields continue to rise in the coming decades even under changing and challenging climatic and environmental conditions. It intends to complement, advance and accelerate global genetic gains on the adaptation of wheat to abiotic stress, with an initial focus on heat and drought. Anticipated deliverables include the delivery of new genetic materials as well as shared resources and databases on the responses of diverse wheat germplasm to abiotic stress.

 

Call for Experts

The call for experts will remain open indefinitely. Any experts wishing to participate in the Adaptation of Wheat to Abiotic Stress Expert Working Group should complete the application form and return it via email to wheat.initiative@versailles.inra.fr.

 

Proposal

The proposal to establish an Expert Working Group was submitted by Matthew Reynolds (CIMMYT) and Peter Langridge (University of Adelaide) and received the support of the Wheat Initiative Research Committee at its 3rd meeting on March 21, 2014.

 

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