Miroslav TrnkaProfessor at Mendel University in Brno and Czech Globe, Czech Republic
Director of Association of grass and legumes seed growers, Czech Republic
Phillip NicholsAssociate 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).