Symposium: Accelerated domestication of orphan crops and wild plants

Nine plant species provide almost all the world’s food intake, and all are refined. By comparison, there are about 380,000 wild plant species. Nature therefore offers us huge genetic variation that we do not exploit today. Instead of examining how to make the refined plants more robust, the symposium will address how to harness the hardiness of wild plants as a starting-point to make crops that are resilient to diseases and extreme weather events.

Invited speakers include John Doebley (Univ. Madison Wisconsin), Nils Stein (Gatersleben), Lee DeHaan (The Land Institute), Rainer Hedrich (Univ. Würzburg), Sergey Shabala (Univ. Tasmania), Dan Voytas (Univ. Minnesota), Caixia Gao (Chinese Academy of Sciences), and Stefan Jansson (Sweden).

The symposium is supported by the Carlsberg Foundation and the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Time and place
12th-13th March, 2020.

The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, H. C. Andersens Blvd. 35, 1553 Copenhagen, Denmark

The sympsoium is now fully booked. By registering via the link below, you can sign up for the waiting list.
Participation is free of charge. Please register here.

Local organizing committee
Prof. Henrik Brinch-Pedersen (AU), Dr. Rosa Lopez-Marques (KU), Dr. Stephan Wenkel (KU), Prof. Michael Palmgren (KU).

Contact persons
Prof. Michael Broberg Palmgren
Lene Rasmussen, project manager 

Preliminary program

Thursday 12 March, 2020:

09:00-09:15 Welcome
09:15-10:00 Plenary lecture:
Prof. John Doebley, University of Madison Wisconsin, USA (confirmed)
The molecular basis of domestication: from maize to orphan crops.
10:00-10:30 Coffee
10:30-11:10 Prof. Nils Stein, Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research, Gatersleben, Germany (confirmed)
Harnessing the allelic diversity of genetic resources and elucidating the genetic basis of important characteristics of barley.
11:10-11:25 Short talk on barley
11:25-12:05 Prof. C. Robin Buell, Michigan State University (confirmed)
Evolutionary history and targets of domestication in the cultivated potato.
12:05-12:20 Short talk on potato
12:20-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:45 Plenary lecture
Dr. Lee DeHaan, The Land Institute, USA (confirmed)
Domestication of Thinopyrum intermedium as a new perennial grain.
14:45-15:00 Short talk on Thinopyrum intermedium
15:00-15:30 Coffee
15:30-16:00 Prof. Rainer Hedrich, University of Würzburg, Germany (confirmed)
The molecular basis of plant adaptation to dry, hot, and saline environments with a focus on quinoa.
16:00-16:30 Prof. Sergey Shabala, University of Tasmania, Australia (confirmed)
The potential of the halophytic plant quinoa to be cultivated in the face of diminishing fresh water resources and increasing soil
16:30-16:45 Short talk on quinoa

Friday 13 March, 2020:

09:00-09:45 Plenary lecture
Prof. Dan Voytas, Director of the Center for Precision Plant Genomics, University of Minnesota, USA (confirmed)
Overcoming Bottlenecks in Plant Gene Editing.
09:45-10:15 Prof. Caixia Gao, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (confirmed)
Prospects for accelerated domestication of orphan crops.
10:15-10:45 Coffee
10:45-11:15 Prof. Luisa Trindade, Wageningen UR Plant Breeding, The Netherlands
Improving the Andean lupin as a new crop for Europe
11:15-11:30 Short presentation on lupin
11:30-12:00 Dr. Pablo Cerdan, Fundación Instituto Leloir, Argentina (confirmed)
Discovery research towards alfalfa improvement
12:00-12:15 Short presentation on alfalfa
12:15-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:45 Plenary lecture
Prof. Stefan Jansson, Umeå Plant Science Centre, Sweden (confirmed)
Gene‐edited plants on the plate: the ‘CRISPR cabbage’ story
14:45-15:15 Dr. Toni Wendt, Carlsberg’s Traitomic Unit, Denmark (confirmed)
A non-gmo approach for precision breeding