BGRI 2018 Program

Agenda is subject to change

Saturday April 14

Workshop Opening and Welcome

15:00-17:20 Opening Remarks and  Welcome, Presentation by ICARDA, and Gene Stewardship Award
18:00-20:30 Reception and Poster Session

Sunday April 15


08:30 Francisco Barro Losada, Institute for Sustainable Agriculture
CRISPR/Cas in wheat: Engineering low gluten and other complex traits

Host Resistance

09:20-09:40 Dhouha Kthiri, University of Saskatchewan
Genetic and molecular characterization of leaf rust resistance from uncharacterized sources of durum wheat [View abstract]
09:40-10 Clemence Marchal, John Innes Centre
Elucidating the relationship between Yr7 and Yr5 [View abstract]
10-10:20 Marco Maccaferri, University of Bologna
Development and characterization of a whole-genome radiation hybrid panel from reference tetraploid wheat cultivar Svevo [View abstract]
10:20-10:40 Tzion Fahima, University of Haifa
Positional cloning of Yr15 revealed a novel gene structure for wheat with two tandem kinase-like protein domains [View abstract]
10:40-10:55 Break
10:55-11:15 Sanu Arora, John Innes Centre
Natural variation in the immune system of a wild wheat [View abstract]
11:15-11:35 Lesley Boyd, NIAB
Unravelling "nonhost" resistance: Is this a viable option for host resistance breeding? [View abstract]
11:35-11:55 Sisay Kidane Alemu, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research
Genome wide association analysis identifies potentially useful QTLs for yellow rust resistance in Ethiopian durum wheat germplasm [View abstract]
11:55-12:15 Bernard Nyamesorto, Montana State University
Development of new rust resistant germplasm via modifications of wheat MYC4 transcription factors [View abstract]

Women in Triticum

13:10-14:20 Women in Triticum Awards and Panel Session

Seed multiplication

14:20-14:40 Keltoum Rhrib, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique
From variety development to seed multiplication of cereals in INRA Morocco: Crucial steps in the process of the national seed industry [View abstract]
14:40-15:00 Tesfaye Solomon Eshetu, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research
Adoption and impact of rust resistant wheat varieties on productivity and commercialization: Empirical evidence from Ethiopia [View abstract]

Physiology and abiotic stresses

15:00-15:20 Samir Alahmad, University of Queensland
Adapting durum wheat to drought and crown rot environments [View abstract]
15:20-15:40 Hannah Robinson, InterGrain
VERNALIZATION1 modulates root system architecture in wheat [View abstract]
15:40-15:55 Break
15:55-16:15 Madhav Bhatta, University of Nebraska
Genome wide association studies for yield and yield related traits in drought stressed synthetic wheat [View abstract]
16:15-16:35 Roberto Tuberosa, University of Bologna
The genetic diversity and molecular mapping of root traits in durum wheat [View abstract]
16:35-16:55 Matthew Reynolds, CIMMYT
Incorporating complex physiological traits into wheat breeding pipelines [View abstract]
16:55-17:15 Tadesse Degu, ICARDA
Genetic gains for yield, drought/heat tolerance and resistance to diseases in ICARDA's spring bread wheat germplasm [View abstract]

Reception and poster viewing

Monday April 16


08:45 Hans Braun, CIMMYT
50 Years of Benefits from International Collaboration on Wheat Improvement

Breeding for Genetic Gain

09:15-09:35 Ravi Singh, CIMMYT
Delivering genetic gain in wheat [View abstract]
09:35-09:55 Philomin Juliana, CIMMYT
Integrating genomic selection for grain yield and stem rust resistance in CIMMYT's wheat breeding - challenges and opportunities [View abstract]
09:55-10:15 Zerihun Tedesse, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research
Building resilience of Ethiopian smallholder wheat farmers [View abstract]
10:15-10:35 Suchismita Mondal, CIMMYT
Integrating new age phenomics in CIMMYT wheat breeding [View abstract]
10:35-10:50 Break
10:50-11:10 Alexey Morgunov, CIMMYT-Turkey
Wheat genetic gains in Turkey: Productivity, disease resistance, and grain quality [View abstract]
11:10-11:30 Matthew Rouse, USDA-ARS
Characterization of 1RS.1AL translocation lines with both Sr31 and Sr1RSAmigo and utilization of CRISPR/Cas9 to remove secalins [View abstract]
11:30-11:50 Lee Hickey, University of Queensland
Speed breeding is a powerful tool to accelerate wheat research and breeding

Field Event

Cultural Event

Tuesday April 17

Gender Responsive Research

08:45 Panel: Does gender matter in wheat breeding
Moderator: Bernice Waweru, KALRO


09:45-10:05 Christopher Judge and Antoine Persoons, NIAB and the John Innes Centre
Applied Field Pathogenomics: Studying shifts in the UK population of Puccinia striiformis f. sp. Tritici [View abstract]
10:05-10:25 Krishna Kanta Roy, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute
Wheat blast in Bangladesh: Occurence, distribution and research progress [View abstract]
10:25-10:45 Les Szabo, USDA-ARS
Development of a core SNP assay for genotyping and surveillance of Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici [View abstract]
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-11:20 Marcel Mayer, University of Cambridge
Atmospheric spore dispersal modelling: New insights on wheat rust migration routes and real-time risk assessments [View abstract]
11:20-11:40 Charles Barnes, Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agropecuarias
Virulence and epidemiology of Puccinia graminis tritici in Ecuador in 2016 [View abstract]
11:40-12:00 Diane Saunders, John Innes Centre
A field pathogenomic approach to wheat rust surveillance [View abstract]

Pathogen Biology

13:00-13:20 Muhammad Rameez, The University of Agriculture, Pakistan
Multiple distinct genotypes causing yellow rust on susceptible wheat variety (Galaxy-2013) at the pathogen centre of diversity in Pakistan [View abstract]
13:20-13:40 John Fellers, USDA-ARS
P. triticina avirulence effector gene candidates for wheat Lr2A and Lr2C [View abstract]

Alternate Hosts

13:40-14:00 Radhika Bartaula, University of New Hampshire
Genetic dissection of non-host resistance to the wheat stem rust pathogen, using an interspecific barberry hybrid [View abstract]
14:00-14:20 Break
14:20-14:40 Yue Jin, USDA-ARS
Berberis holstii is functional as an alternate host for Puccinia graminis f. sp. tritici in Eastern Africa [View abstract]
14:40-15:00 Anna Berlin, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Epidemiology of cereal rusts in the presence of the aecial host –will sexual population of Pgt become a new threat for wheat production?

Summary, Awards, and Closing

15:00-15:30 Poster Awards and Graduate Student Research Awards
15:30-16:00 Summary of Workshop by Emma Quilligan
16:00-16:15 Closing Remarks by Ronnie Coffman