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Norwich Biomakers: Speedy breeding for crop plants

  • John Innes Centre Colney Ln Norwich, England, NR4 United Kingdom (map)

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Breeding a new and improved crop variety is a long and arduous journey that involves growing and selecting numerous generations of plants. It takes several years to develop a new variety. The process can be especially slow for crops such as wheat where, until now, it has only been possible to grow two generations of plants in a year.

At this meetup we will have talks from two researchers from the Norwich Research Park who have been involved in developing new technologies that make it possible to grow six generations in a year - maybe more! Sreya Ghosh (John Innes Centre) will tell the story of how this technology was developed, and Oscar Gonzales (Quadram Institute) and Ricardo Ramirez-Gonzalez (John Innes Centre) will talk about a low-cost desktop chamber for speed chamber he has built to enable this technology to be used on a smaller scale.

The evening will involve a demonstration of the desktop speed breeding chamber, and a tour of the John Innes plant growth facilities.

There will also be drinks and birthday cake :-)