Conference programme

A joint meeting of EUCARPIA Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses Section and Protein Crops
Working Group of EUCARPIA Oil and Protein Crops Section

Breeding Grasses and Protein Crops in the Era of Genomics

September 11-14, 2017 Crowne Plaza Hotel, Vilnius, Lithuania

Key-note presentations: 20 +10 min (presentation + questions)

Oral presentations: 15 + 5 min (presentation + questions)

Flash presentations: 5 min (presentation max 3 slides)


Sunday, September 10, 2017



Crowne Plazza Vilnius hotel, M. K. Čiurlionio str. 84, Vilnius


Welcome reception 

Crowne Plazza Vilnius hotel, M. K. Čiurlionio str. 84, Vilnius


Monday, September 11, 2017



Crowne Plazza Vilnius hotel, M. K. Čiurlionio str. 84, Vilnius


Opening ceremony

Zenonas Dabkevičius, Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry

Eugenijus Butkus, Ministry of Education and Science

Rimantas Krasuckis, Ministry of Agriculture

Beat Boller, Eucarpia Past President

Dirk Reheul, Eucarpia Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses Section

Antonio M. De Ron, Eucarpia Oil and Protein Crops Section


Plant breeding and agriculture development in the Baltic region

Gintaras Brazauskas

LAMMC, Lithuania

SESSION 1: Utilisation of genetic resources and pre-breeding

Chairmen: Roland Kölliker, Ulf Feuerstein


Key-note 1

Utilization of genebank accessions to improve Northern adaptation of perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.)

Odd Arne Rognli

University of Life Sciences, Norway


Wild and primitive common bean populations in the germplasm collection at the MBG-CSIC

Antonio M. De Ron

Biology of Agrosystems, Misión Biológica de Galicia (MBG), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain


Coffee break


Patterns of spring growth and phenology in natural populations of Lolium perenne from contrasting field trial environments

Anna Roschanski

Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Germany


Population structure of red clover ecotypes collected from Europe and Asia

Charlotte Jones

Aberystwyth University, UK


Enhancing the sustainable use of Lolium perenne genetic resources from genebanks in plant breeding and research

Evelin Willner

Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) Gatersleben, Germany




Tetraploid Festuca apennina is prone to produce triploid hybrid progeny when crossed with diploid Festuca pratensis

Beat Boller

Agroscope, Switzerland


Comparing mitotic and meiotic tetraploid red clover plants for seed yield

Gerda Cnops

ILVO, Belgium


Domesticating shrubby native legumes for pastures and natural grasslands: a proposal

James P. Muir

Texas A&M AgriLife Research, USA


Flash presentations:

Tuna M. [TR]: Interspecific hybridization in Bromus section Pnigma and nuclear DNA content of F1 progeny;

Ogrodowicz P. [PL]: Embryo in vitro culture for attainment of homozygous lines in field bean (Vicia faba var. minor L.);

Norkevičienė E. [LT]: Ecological and agronomic evaluation of Dactylis glomerata subsp. lobata;

Ruņģis D. [LV]: Analysis of hybrid status of Latvian xFestulolium cultivars and breeding material;

Liatukienė A. [LT]: Genetic variability of the most important traits in alfalfa cultivars under Lithuanian conditions;

Akinroluyo O. [LT]: Tetraploid induction in Lolium multiflorum;

Cougnon M. [BE]: The sense of testing sheep preference in tall fescue variety evaluation;

Norkevičienė E. [LT]: Chemical composition of zigzag clover (Trifolium medium L.);

Kemešytė V. [LT]: Wild and semi natural ecotypes of perennial grasses and legumes for breeding purposes;

Petrauskas G. [LT]: Breeding material for improving seed yield of red clover.




Free time


Excursion to the Palace of the Grand Dukes


Tuesday, September 12, 2017


SESSION 2: Genetic improvement of quality and agronomic traits

Chairmen: Piet Arts, James P. Muir


Key-note 2

Breeding forage and grain legumes to increase EU’s and china’sprotein self-sufciency

Bernadette Julier

INRA, France


Identification of loci controlling timing of stem elongation in red clover using GBS of pooled phenotypic extremes

Åshild Ergon

Norwegian University of life Sciences, Norway


Lathyrus sativus and L. cicera breeding:  characterization of Iberian germplasm, QTL mapping, interspecific hybridization and cultivar development

Diego Rubiales

Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, CSIC, Spain


Grain yield and morphology of dwarf vs tall white lupin in Mediterranean environments

Luciano Pecetti

Research Centre for Fodder Crops and Dairy Productions (CREA-FLC), Italy


Deciphering grain legumes quality riddle: The genomics of bioactive compounds

Maria Carlota Vaz Patto

Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal


Manipulation of rumen nitrogen flows by use of Festulolium hybrids in rumen simulation fermenters

Stephen Kamau Wanjiru

Aberystwyth University, UK


Coffee break


SESSION 3: Breeding for enhanced stress tolerance

Chairmen: Odd Arne Rognli, Diego Rubiales


Key-note 3

Population genetics and GxE interaction analysis of the Eucarpia multi-site rust evaluation trial

Torben Asp

Aarhus university, Denmark


Low crown rust resistance in Norwegian material of Lolium perenne and ×Festulolium

Liv Østrem

NIBIO, Norway


Unravelling the genetic control of bacterial wilt resistance in ryegrass: achievements, prospects and challenges

Roland Kölliker

ETH Zurich, Switzerland




Festulolium multi-site trial: genotyping

David Kopecký

Institute of Experimental Botany, Czech Republic


Transcriptomic analysis in drought-sensitive and tolerant lines in perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.)

Maria de la O Leyva Pérez

Aarhus University, Denmark


Flash presentations:

Tanaka T. [JP]: Possibility of paternal selection for forage yield improvement in timothy polycross breeding;

Aper J. [BE]: Selection of perennial ryegrass spaced plants in sward conditions;

Westermeier P. [DE]: Variation in intrinsic water use efficiency between perennial ryegrass genotypes differing for drought tolerance;

Masajada K. [PL]: Physiological indicators of drought tolerance in Lolium multiflorum/Festuca arundinacea introgression forms;

Trněný O. [CZ]: Incidence of six grass species by Fusarium sp. as a cause of silvertop;

Malenica M. [DE]: Pyramiding of resistance genes in perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne) using next-generation sequencing based Massive Analysis of cDNA Ends (MACE);

Ruge-Wehling B. [DE]: Anthracnose resistance in lupin – genetic analysis and molecular markers;

Haase F. [DE]: Localisation of stem rust resistance gene LpPg1 in Lolium perenne genome based on transcriptomic data;

Maršalkienė N. [LT]: Variation of vegetation terms and productivity traits among spontaneous Vicia villose Roth. ecotypes;

Aavola R. [EE]: Crown rust and brown blight infection of perennial ryegrass cultivars representing three maturity groups;

Mikulski W. [PL]: Correlation of seed yield and its components on chlorophyll fluorescence parameters in the narrow leafed lupin (Lupinus angustifolius L.)




Festulolium working group session:

A history of Festulolium in Poland

Zbigniew Zwierzykowski,

Institute of Plant Genetics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

The SureRoot project: soil interactions with root dynamics of Festulolium to mitigate the effects of flooding and drought

Mike Humphreys,

IBERS, Aberystwyth University, UK

Current development in Festulolium breeding at ILVO

Joost Baert,

ILVO, Belgium


Parallel board meetings


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tour: Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Seed company Dotnuva
, fertilizer factory Lifosa, livestock farm, conference dinner in Kaunas.


Thursday, September 14, 2017


SESSION 4: Implementation of phenomic and genomic tools in breeding

Chairmen: Torben Asp, David Kopecký


Key note 4

Using LIDAR for forage yield measurement of perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) field plots

Kioumars Ghamkhar

AgResearch, New Zealand


An indoor screening method for reduced fall dormancy in alfalfa

Annick Bertrand

Quebec Research and Development Centre, Canada


Flash presentations

Perić V. [RS]: Application of multivariate analysis for genotype evaluation in soybean;

Zharikova D. [UA]: Polymorphism of soybean cultivars and breeding lines from the collection of IFAP determined by molecular markers Satt100 associated with E7 gene;

Gréard C. [FR]: Genetic diversity assessment of two Medicago sativa genes: CAD and WXP1;

Barzyk P. [PL]: Preliminary estimation of variation of alkaloids content in white lupin (Lupinus albus L.) collection;

Vymyslický T. [CZ]: The multifunctional role of legumes in vineyards and orchards;

Knotová D. [CZ]: Yields and quality of some perennial legumes;

Gasior D. [UK]: Hydroponic evaluation of growth and nutrient uptake in a Lolium/Festuca introgression series;

Julier B. [FR]: Use of GBS for lucerne variety distinction;

Jonavičienė K. [LT]: Genome-wide and functional gene analysis of perennial ryegrass for improved growth under water limiting conditions (GrowGene)

Aleliūnas A. [LT]: Testing for freezing tolerance in perennial ryegrass.




Key note 5

Genetics and genomics to advance forage grass breeding

Bruno Studer

ETH Zurich, Switzerland


Genomic selection for biomass yield of perennial and annual legumes

Paolo Annicchiarico,

Research Centre for Fodder Crops and Dairy Productions (CREA-FLC), Italy


Business meeting


Closing of the meeting