Breeding for organic crops
- Conference Overview
Sessions & Workshops
The need for organic plant breeding and variety testing has been talked about for a long time but little has been done. These workshops aimed to investigate what is needed from organic plant breeding, the threats and opportunities that the so called ‘novel breeding techniques’ might offer as well as look at an innovative and novel approach to variety testing.
Approaches to variety testing
Chaired by Andrew Trump (Organic Arable) with panel discussion including Simon Oxley (AHDB), Ambrogio Costanzo (Organic Research Centre) and Mark Lea (Green Acres Farm)
This session focused on the results from the 2017/18 organic winter wheat LIVESEED trials. We discussed opportunities and challenges presented by the participatory model, how we envisage the approach expanding and options for ongoing funding.
Seed breeding: How will varieties fare in the field, mill and bakery?
Session chaired by Steven Jacobs (OF&G) with a panel discussion featuring Andrew Wilkinson (Gilchesters Organics), Gemma Clarke (Cope Seeds & Grain) and Edward Dicken (Harper Adams University)
This session on organic plant breeding aimed to investigate two areas: what approaches are desired and possible for organic plant breeding; and what traits do we most need and want in field and in processing?/p>
Novel breeding techniques: do they have a role?
Chaired by Pat Thomas (Whole Health Agriculture) with Bruce Pearce (Organic Research Centre) and Charlotte Bickler (Organic Research Centre)
A practical session reviewing the outputs of a workshop onwhat opportunities and threats the new gene-editing technologies pose for the UK organic sector. Discuss the implication of these techniques to help form our outlook going forwards.