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.  

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.

Chair: Gilles Charmet (INRA)
Co-Chair: Chris Burt (RAGT)

Call for Experts

The call for experts will remain open during the EWG lifetime. Any experts wishing to participate in the Wheat Breeding Methods and Strategies Expert Working Group should complete the application form and send it via email to wheat.initiative@julius-kuehn.de.



  • 06 February 2019 University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

  • 23 April 2017, Tulln, Austria

  • 29 June 2014, Wernigerode, Germany