Speed breeding of crops
Lee Hickey, from Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation in USA, will give a talk about "Speed breeding to supercharge our future crops".
The growing human population and a changing environment have raised significant concern for global food security, with the current improvement rate of several important crops inadequate to meet future demand. This slow improvement rate is attributed partly to the long generation times of crop plants. ‘Speed breeding’ greatly shortens generation time and accelerates breeding and research programmes. Speed breeding can be used to achieve up to 6 generations per year for major crops such as spring wheat, durum wheat, barley, chickpea, lentil and pea, instead of 2-3 under normal glasshouse conditions. In 2018, the technology was in the spotlight, featuring on the covers of Nature Plants (Watson et al. 2018) and Nature Protocols (Ghosh et al. 2018), and gained widespread media attention. In this seminar, we showcase the very latest advances in speed breeding technology at the University of Queensland and John Innes Centre, and highlight how we are combining the tool with other leading-edge breeding technologies, such as genomic selection.