Vereinigung der Pflanzenzüchter und Saatgutkaufleute Österreichs
Significant progress in the breeding of open pollinated crops has been made in the last hundred years by hybrid breeding. But also in partially open-pollinated and self-pollinated crops, hybrid varieties entered the market in recent decades with different success. In some vegetable crops hybrid varieties are nowadays predominant, whereas in e.g. barley and wheat they are still of only minor importance. New investments in research and the availability of new molecular techniques may bring forward the development of better performing hybrid varieties in inbreeding crops in the medium term. Presentations on the history, success and/or failure, problems, challenges, etc. of hybrid breeding in various crops are welcomed.
The new efforts in hybrid breeding of self-pollinating crops are critically seen by many people and they presume that this development should only avoid the use of farm saved seed, reduce competition and boost profits. Seed regulations and plant variety rights legislation are there to ensure seed health and to promote future investment by plant breeders for the development of varieties. Compliance with these regulations as well as possible restrictions for the treatment of farm saved seed are essential, however, faces resistance by diverse opponents. We kindly invite you to submit presentations on all kinds of aspects concerning farm saved seed, new developments in European seed legislation and/or new ideas for a sustainable funding of plant breeders’ work.
Traditionally the Gumpenstein Meeting also welcomes lectures deviant from the conference´s prime topics if the papers present new and interesting findings for the breeding community.
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