Changing the future of food and farming

Participatory plant breeding with diverse wheat

Event Date : July 11, 2014

How can diverse cereal populations be used to create locally adapted ‘modern landraces’? Field lab at Shimpling Park Farm, near Bury St Edmunds

Wheat populations are a valuable source of diverse genetic resources that have huge potential to be used in participatory breeding programs. As diverse populations are likely to soon be marketable, this series of field labs will demonstrate how a population can be best utilized by farmer breeders to create locally adapted populations and varieties. In effect a population can be thought of as a ‘modern landrace’. This decentralized approach focuses on selecting from a wide diversity of breeding material in the target environment (on-farm) which can create novel varieties adapted to site specific conditions such as soil type, climate and management practices. Participatory plant breeding (PPB) approaches could also address seed sovereignty issues and erosion of crop genetic resources.

On farm trials at Shimpling Park will give participant the opportunity put into practice different selection methods including negative or positively selecting lines and mixtures from the population which can then be compared in the following year.

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