Online courses

Online workshop on participatory plant breeding and resilient seed systems, taking place on 30 November - 4 December 2020. This course serves professionals who seek longer-term solutions for sustainable, agro-ecological agriculture and answers to the question: How can food systems be moved forward in the South and the North?

  • Institution: Graduate School PE&RC, CGIAR
  • Project: LIVESEED, DYNAVERSITY
  • Date: 30 November - 4 December 2020
  • Language: English
  • Other information: Fees range from 20-100€

International conference on breeding and seed sector innovations for organic food systems, taking place on 8 - 10 March 2021. The 5th conference of the EUCARPIA Organic and Low Input Section will host the final scientific conference of the Horizon 2020-funded project LIVESEED “Boosting Organic Seed and Plant Breeding Across Europe” that runs from 2017 to 2021, together with relevant sister-projects BRESOV and ECOBREED, and two projects of the Latvian National Fundamental and Applied Research Program.

  • Institution: EUCARPIA
  • Project: LIVESEED, BRESOV, ECOBREED, FLPP
  • Date: 8 - 10 March 2021
  • Language: English
  • Other information: Fees for students are 15€

Online seminars by Organic Seed Alliance  cover various aspects of organic breeding, seed production and variety trials. 

  • Institution: Organic Seed Alliance (OSA)
  • Language: English

Online seminar on experimental designs and statistical methods and tools relevant for decentralised on-farm breeding with Pierre Rivière (Mètis). Pierre Rivière illustrates several analyses as well as a decision tree to perform the appropriated analysis according to objectives and experimental constraints.

  • Institution, Author: IFOAM Organics Europe, Pierre Rivière (Mètis)
  • Project: LIVESEED
  • Year: 2020
  • Language: English

Online seminar on how citizen sciences can be applied for cost-efficient organic variety testing in Europe with Jacob van Etten (Alliance Bioversity-CIAT). Jacob van Etten participated in the development of ClimMob, a platform designed for on-farm testing with citizen engagement.

  • Institution, Author: IFOAM Organics Europe, Jacob van Etten (Alliance Bioversity-CIAT)
  • Project: LIVESEED
  • Year: 2020
  • Language: English

Online seminar on the SeedLinked tool and initative with Nicolas Enjalbert (SeedLinked CEO). SeedLinked is an emerging collaborative data sharing platform that connects people and data to help characterize, breed, source, and harvest the best. 

  • Institution, Author: IFOAM Organics Europe, Nicolas Enjalbert (Seed Linked CEO)
  • Project: LIVESEED
  • Year: 2020
  • Language: English

Online seminar on organic breeding of grain legumes - the protein plant of the futureFiBL CH and gzpk take you on a tour through their breeding facilities, presenting interesting facts on pea and legume breeding as well as the status-quo of organic grain legume breeding in Switzerland.

  • Institution: gzpk & FiBL CH
  • Project: LIVESEED
  • Year: 2020
  • Language: German
  • Crop: Grain legumes

Online seminar on biodynamic cereal breedingFiBL CH and gzpk give an insight into the facilities of biodynamic cereal breeding and explain the long journey from the first crossings to the development of a new cultivar. 

  • Institution: gzpk & FiBL CH
  • Project: LIVESEED
  • Year: 2020
  • Language: German
  • Crop: Cereals

Online seminar on crop breeding, diversity and climate change. Anders Borgen (Agrologica, Denmark) talks about diversity in plant breeding and Ilmar Tamm (Estonian Crop Research Institute) about organic cereal seed production in Estonia.

  • Institution: Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK), Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), ProAgria South-Finland & Salpaus Further Education
  • Project: Luomussa vara parempi
  • Year: 2020
  • Language: English

Lecture on shaping diversity for on-farm organic plant breeding - case of wheat (and other cereals) in France by Estelle Serpolay-Besson (ITAB) & Veronique Chable (INRAE). The presentation explains how to re-create diversified cultivars and and how to exploit the remaining diversity from ex-situ conservation in a large scale.

  • Institution, Author: Estelle Serpolay-Besson (ITAB) & Veronique Chable (INRAE)
  • Project: LIVESEED, DIVERSIFOOD, Solibam, COBRA
  • Year: 2020
  • Language: English

Lecture on organic and participatory plant breeding by Monika Messmer (FiBL CH), covering characteristics of organic farming & special requirements, breeding strategies of FiBL, different concepts of breeding, participatory plant breeding (PPB) and financing of breeding programs.

  • Institution, Author: FiBL CH, Monika Messmer
  • Year: 2014
  • Language: English

Lecture on challenges of participatory plant breeding by Monika Messmer (FiBL CH), explaining how to get started and implement participatory plant breeding. 

  • Institution, Author: FiBL CH, Monika Messmer
  • Year: 2012
  • Language: English