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EUCARPIA 2009 conference

XIV meeting of the Biometrics in Plant Breeding Section

Photograph of Dundee City SquareEUCARPIA, the European Association for Research on Plant Breeding, held the fourteenth meeting of its Biometrics in Plant Breeding Section conference in Dundee from 2-4 September 2009.

EUCARPIA aims to promote scientific and technical co-operation in the field of plant breeding in order to incorporate new scientific disciplines and foster its further development.

Founded in 1956 in Wageningen, The Netherlands, EUCARPIA is more active than ever before with more than 1000 members of various nationalities and interests in Europe and worldwide.

Biometrics has, and will continue to play, a key role in developing improved breeding and testing methodologies to produce crop varieties suitable for specific market needs. Biometric techniques will play a key role in maximising the opportunities arising from new sequencing and genotyping technologies and how these can be best utilised in developing new crop varieties adapted to climate change and other challenges.

The meeting was a tribute to the career of Professor Mike Kearsey of the University of Birmingham. Other speakers included Mark Cooper, Brian Cullis, Dirk Husmeier, Sue Welham, Ed Buckler and Ian Mackay.

Read the full programme for the event below.

Book of Abstracts


Selected presentations from the conference are available below.

Wednesday 2 September 2009

Thursday 3 September 2009

Friday 4 September 2009


  • Eucarpia
  • Dundee and Angus Convention Bureau
  • Dundee City Council
  • British Society of Plant Breeders
  • Rijk Zwaan
  • Nunhems
  • Pioneer
  • Florimond Desprez
  • KWS
  • VSNi – software for bioscience