Die 69. Jahrestagung der Vereinigung der Pflanzenzüchter und Saatgutkaufleute fand auch dieses Jahr wieder in Raumberg-Gumpenstein statt. Das Thema "Resistance breeding: from pathogen epidemiology to molecular breeding" steht im Zentrum, sowie zahlreiche weitere Vorträge zu unterschiedlichen Themen.
Weather extremes such as long-lasting drought and flooding, pests and diseases significantly affected crop yields in 2018. After political restrictions in the use of pesticides and new plant breeding techniques such as genome editing, European plant breeders face major challenges to ensure a sustainable crop production in the future. In view of the restrictions of genome editing, marker-assisted and genomic selection are appreciated tools in the development of new varieties. These techniques, however, request first a detailed knowledge of the epidemiology of new pathogens, resistance mechanisms, resistance sources and their inheritance. We kindly invite you to submit presentations on all kind of aspects of the appearance of new pathogens or new races, epidemiology of pathogens, identification of resistance/tolerance mechanisms, resistance sources and/or resistance genes of abiotic and biotic stress factors, developments and application of molecular markers in selection and/or genomic selection approaches.