Symposium by Jacob Weiner: Applying Evolutionary Theory to Improve Plant Production

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Symposium: Applying Evolutionary Theory to Improve Plant Production 

Tuesday 25 February 2020

                                                                                                                         

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Speaker Jacob Weiner

 

Title: Applying Evolutionary Theory to Improve Plant Production

Abstract

Evolutionary theory can be applied to improve agricultural yields and/or sustainability. The basic idea is that it is very unlikely that plant breeding or genetic engineering can improve attributes already favored by millions of years of natural selection, but there may be unutilized potential in selecting for attributes that increase total crop yield but reduce plants' individual fitness. In other words, plant breeding should be based on group, not individual, selection. In this seminar, I present the theoretical evolutionary and agronomic background for this approach, show recent results testing the core hypothesis, and discuss the potential mechanisms and implications for plant breeding.

Time and place

Date: Tuesday 25 February

Location: W0.1 (Radix, Droevendaalsesteeg 1 Gebouw 107, 6708 PB Wageningen)

Time: 13:30 h

We hope to see you there.