Improving genetic gains in global agriculture

Published Tuesday, 13th March 2018 in Research news

Improving genetic gains in global agriculture
Rural Scotland

SRUC hosts April workshop on plant and animal genetics R&D.

SRUC is hosting a workshop on 19 April aimed at researchers and relevant industry partners to explore how co-operation between plant and animal genetics research and development can help improve the rates of genetic gain and the uptake of genetic improvement tools.

The focus of the workshop will be on plant and animal genomic prediction. It will bring together leading proponents of genetic improvement to reflect on progress and future aims for genomic selection and application in global agricultural systems.

Taking place at SRUC’s Kings Buildings Campus in Edinburgh, the workshop features key international speakers from the University of Queensland in Australia (Ben Hayes, Kai Voss-Fels and Lee Hickey), University of Alberta (Graham Plastow, CEO Livestock Gentec) as well as SRUC (Mike Coffey, Eileen Wall and Wayne Powell). Their talks will cover developments and implementation of genomic selection in livestock and crops species.

SRUC Principal Wayne Powell, said: “I am delighted that SRUC is hosting this event bringing together the high calibre speakers and collaborators from around the world. Developments that underpin genomic prediction allow for those of us working in plant genetics or animal genetics to come together to collaborate on new ways to improve and utilise enhanced genetics in farming systems to raise on-farm productivity of crops and livestock”.

The event is free but spaces are limited so if you are interested in attending please contact JR Adams ( by Monday 2 April. Further details of the event can be found in the conference brochure.


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