ETH Zurich, LEE E101, Leonhardstrasse 21, 8092 Zurich
Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Pflanzenbauwissenschaften
Current Challenges in Plant Breeding: New Plant Breeding Techniques - Definition, Potential, Regulation and Acceptance
Annual seminar of the SGPW-SSA Working Group on Plant Breeding
Successful plant breeding has always relied on the efficient utilization of state of the art technolo- gies to screen, generate and select superior plants. With the rapid technologically development in molecular biology and genomics, but also in bioinformatics and robotics, a range of new plant breeding technology became (and will become) available. These technologies have the potential to revolutionize plant breeding but bear, as all new technologies do, certain risks and raise cer- tain fears. How can new plant breeding technologies be defined? Which potential do they have to benefit plant breeding? How are these technologies assessed and regulated, and what is the acceptance of such technologies in the society?
This seminar addresses these questions. It is also part of the ETH lecture „Current Challenges in Plant Breeding“, where we aim to bring together MSc and doctoral students with national and international experts in plant breeding to discuss current activities, latest achievements and future perspectives. Therefore, the students will give their view and insights on definition, potential regulation and acceptance of these novel plant breeding techniques. In addition, we have assembled a selection of very interesting keynote presentations by eminent speakers.
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