Crop Biotech Update

VIB-IPBO Offers Summer Course on Modern Breeding Techniques for Maize Improvement

January 15, 2020

The VIB - International Plant Biotechnology Outreach (VIP-IPBO) together with Ghent University will conduct the summer course Modern Breeding Techniques for Maize Improvement from June 22 to July 10, 2020, in Ghent, Belgium. The course will cover the different challenges in maize cultivation and the latest scientific developments and tools to accelerate maize breeding (both conventional breeding and biotechnological techniques).

The program will start with fundamental background sessions on maize breeding, the use of molecular markers in plant breeding, plant biotechnology, genetic transformation, and new breeding techniques for maize. Experts from Europe and Africa will give an overview of biotic and abiotic stresses affecting the growth of maize and possible solutions to overcome these threats. The course will provide a comprehensive view and the latest essential insights on the regulatory frameworks and environmental risk assessment principles in Africa and Europe.

During the course, sessions will be interactive, including group work, presentations, and discussions. The program will also propose visits to a field trial and possibly a two-day workshop on maize transformation. At least 12 fellowships to attend the course will be awarded to candidates from developing countries.

For more information on how to apply, and for more details about the course, visit the VIB-IPBO website.

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