Invited speakers

Miroslav Trnka

Professor at Mendel University in Brno and Czech Globe, Czech Republic

His main expertise is a modelling of climatic changes in future, effects of climatic changes to crop production, modelling of the pests appearance in relation to the climatic changes and effects of climatic changes to agroclimatic conditions for sustainable crop production. Hs studies has been published in the highest ranked journals including Nature family. He will provide us with the lecture on how the climate will look like in the near future, which adverse events will be the most crucial for different European regions and recommend us which traits we should focus to. 

Bohumír Cagaš

Director of Association of grass and legumes seed growers, Czech Republic

He worked as a plant pathologist and head of OSEVA PRO Ltd. Grassland Research Station in Zubri (Czech Republic) with the focus on biology and control of main diseases of grasses (rusts, silver top, ergot, choke, endophytic fungi, turf diseases) including resistance breeding.

Phillip Nichols

Associate Professor (Pasture breeding, genetics and agronomy), University of Western Australia 

His main research expertise is in the breeding, genetics, agronomy and ecology of pasture legumes. He has a particular interest in the translation of discoveries in plant physiology, plant pathology, entomology, molecular biology and engineering into applied research outcomes that benefit farmers.

Bernadette Julier

Research Director at French National Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (INRAE), France

She is working on the genetics of forage legumes, mainly lucerne (or alfalfa), with the objective to improve agriculture sustainability through protein autonomy, increase of nitrogen fixation and reduction of pesticides. Her three main research activities are: - analysis of genetic diversity - genetic control of traits of interest - molecular breeding.

Chloe Manzanares

Researcher at ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Dr. Chloé Manzanares is a researcher in the Molecular Plant Breeding group at ETH Zurich. For the last 12 years, she has been working on self-incompatibility in grasses. She leads a small research team that focuses on understanding the genetics behind self-incompatibly as well as self-compatibility, and aims to make practical use of it for plant breeding.

Charlie Brummer

Director and Professor, Center for Plant Breeding, UC Davis, California

His research program focuses on developing cultivars and germplasm of alfalfa, tall fescue, spinach, and wild rice. His research has focused primarily on investigating ways to improve yield, from traditional breeding method enhancements to the use of molecular markers. His current research projects include improving yield through the use of high density, genome-wide SNP markers to implement genomic selection.

Susanne Barth

A Senior Research Officer at TEAGASC, Ireland

Her research programme is focused on forage species, grass weeds and cereals. She is interested in genetic resources, reproductive traits, biomass yield and heterosis, quality traits like water soluble carbohydrates, abiotic stresses (flooding, cold and drought) and herbicides resistance in grass weeds.

Vladimír Černoch

former breeder and director at DLF Hladké Životice, Czech Republic 

He worked as a breeder at the station and registered extraordinary number of cultivars from various grass species. His main focus laid in breeding and propagating of Festulolium (Festuca x Lolium hybrids).