WORKSHOP: Pre-breeding to enhance the effective utilization of wheat genetic resources


The Breeding Methods and Germplasm Conservation and Use Community Expert Working Groups of the Wheat Initiative are organizing a workshop on pre-breeding to enhance the effective utilization of wheat genetic resources.


The Expert Working Group on Wheat Breeding Methods and Strategies and the Expert Working Group on Global Wheat Germplasm Conservation and Use Community are organizing a workshop on the successful use of pre-breeding in wheat research and wheat breeding.

The workshop is part of the Wheat Initiative IWC satellite meetings and workshops


The Ex situ collections of wheat and related species held in gene banks can be highly valuable sources of genetic diversity. Nevertheless, the collections need to be managed securely, in a cost effective manner and made easily accessible by a broad range of users. Often, due to linkage drag and specific adaptation, efforts are required involving pre-breeding and applied breeding to appreciate the hidden value of these conserved materials. Several challenges need to be addressed to enable effective access and utilization of wheat genetic resources

  • How to best evaluate large numbers of wheat materials to identify the best ones for general or targeted purposes?

  • How to design the most efficient crossing schemes to efficiently introgress novel variation into more adapted materials?

  • How to improve efficiency of selection in pre-breeding derived progenies, e.g. by deployment of genomic markers or genomic selection?

  • Correlatively, which models and training population to use to achieve more accurate prediction with exotic materials?

  • Other you think about?



The workshop will comprise a plenary invited speaker, voluntary presentations from registered scientists, ample time for questions, discussion and sharing of ideas, reach conclusion and define actionable next steps for the EWGs. The aims will be to gather actors from public and private sectors currently involved in or planning to develop pre-breeding programs to discuss these challenges, identify possible solutions and possibly organize new cooperative efforts on the pre-breeding of wheat genetic resources.


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Date/Time           21 July 2019, 09:30 - 16:00

Location              Agriculture building, University of Saskatchewan, 51 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A

Room                  2E25 (first number refers to floor, letter refers to wing)

WebEx access      No


Provisional programme