Forestry Workshop on Genomic Selection Implementation and Impacts for the UK

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  • Tuesday 17 September 2019
  • Roslin Institute, Easter Bush Estate, Edinburgh, EH25 9RG
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Genomic selection is a transformative method to accelerate forest tree breeding while increasing product yields. By leveraging advances in genomics and statistics, genomic selection has the potential for significant economic impacts in UK forestry.  

The workshop, run by the Sitka Spruced project, will bring together the forestry and wood product sectors, and genomics and tree breeding specialists to share knowledge that will enable the forestry sector to prepare for the anticipated changes that may result from genomic selection. These changes include shorter breeding cycles, shorter rotations, new breeding approaches and knock-on effects in value creation.

The workshop will focus on commercial softwood breeding. Attendees should be involved in forestry or forest product industries, forest policy, or research and development.

The workshop consists of two sessions, a free morning session and an afternoon session that includes lunch with a £25 registration fee.

The open morning session covers genomic selection development and application through non-technical talks given by international experts and UK specialists. Presenters include Gustavo Lopez from Forest Research, a member of the Sitka Spruced project, who will discuss Sitka spruce breeding in the UK.

The afternoon session of the workshop will focus on the industry perspective of genomic prediction. Following short talks by industry representatives, participants will get the opportunity to interact with industry leaders and scientific experts through a panel session and round-table discussions.

Registration for the full day workshop will close on 15th August and registration for the free morning session will close on 1st September.

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