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by Jacob Weiner | University of Copenhagen

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Date 28 February 2020
Time 11:00 - 12:00
Location Science Park 904
Room C0.110
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"Applying Evolutionary Theory to Improve Plant Production".


by Jacob Weiner


Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences

University of Copenhagen



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 favoured 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.


(followed by a discussion and interview session with the speaker for PhD-students)


Science Park 904

Room C0.110

Science Park 904
1098 XH Amsterdam

Mr dr. T. (Teun) Munnik