EWG Breeding Methods - Workshop on Hybrid Wheat

February 6 - 2019 (All day)
University of Hohenheim,

This workshop aims to gather actors from public and private sector already involved or planning to develop hybrid programs to discuss these challenges, identify lock-in in knowledges and possibly organize future cooperative programmes on hybrid wheat breeding.



AGENDA (subject to change)

Wednesday, 6 February 2019



09h00 Scene setting and the aims of the workshop (Frank Ordon)

Hybrid wheat in practice

  • 09h10 Volker Lein (Independent Expert): Historical Overview about hybrid wheat breeding
  • 09h30 Thierry Moittie (Hybrid wheat breeder ASUR) and Mario Gils (Hybrid wheat breeder Nordsaat): ASUR’s and Nordsaat ‘s experience in hybrid wheat breeding
  • 09h45 Changping Zhao, Beijing Hybrid wheat Engineering Technology Research Center: Establishment and application of the technical system of twoline hybrid wheat in China


Heterosis in wheat

  • 10h00 Heterosis for grain yield and other traits in Central European Germplasm. (Patrick Thorwarth, University of Hohenheim)
  • 10h25 Heterosis and the need for hybrid wheat from a U.S. perspective (Stephen Baenzinger, University of Nebraska)

Coffee break 10h50 – 11h10

Morning cont’

Heterosis in wheat (cont’)

  • 11h10 Heterosis and perspectives for hybrid durum wheat (Friedrich Longin, University of Hohenheim)
  • 11h35 Genetic distance and hybrid wheat breeding: how diverse should we get? (Philipp Boeven, Limagrain)


CMS systems and sterility restoration

  • 12h00 Mapping for restorer genes in the CMStimophevii background (Manuel Geyer, Bayrische Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft, Freising)
  • 12h25 Characterization and resequencing of the RFLPPR gene family as a source of markers and candidate genes for Rf genes in wheat (Nils Stein, IPK Gatersleben)
  • 12h40 CMS hybrid breeding at CIMMYT (Bhoja Raj Basnet, CIMMYT

Lunch 13h05 – 14h00



CMS systems and sterility restoration (cont’)

  • 14h00 CMS hybrid wheat breeding at Syngenta (Yann Mannes, Syngenta)


What can we learn from other cereals?

  • 14h25 Hybrid barley (Gunther Stiewe, Syngenta)
  • 14h50 Hybrid rye (Thomas Miedaner, University of Hohenheim)


Coffee break 15h15-15h35


Floral biology

  • 15h35 Genetic architecture of anther extrusion in wheat and its implications for hybrid wheat production (Tobias Würschum, University of Hohenheim)
  • 16h00 The use of wheat/wild relative introgressions for hybrid wheat (Julie King Univ Nottingham)


Breeding schemes

  • 16h25 Reciprocal recurrent genomic selection – an attractive tool to leverage hybrid wheat breeding (Jochen Reif, IPK Gatersleben)


Summing up and general discussion

16h50-17h30 What are the areas for research and what are the next steps?
(Chris Burt /Gilles Charmet)


18h30 Dinner (10 minutes walk from the venue/hotels)

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