KeyGene Webinar: DNA analysis approaches boost breeding in asexually reproduced crops (on-site and online event)

September 27, 2022

Tuesday September 27, 15:30 – 17:15 h CEST, on-site (Wageningen) and online

You can register here. During registration, you can indicate your preference on-site / online


For many plant breeders, making steps in using DNA-analysis approaches, such as molecular markers for selection and DNA sequencing for better insight into genetic variation, may feel more challenging than it actually is. This especially holds for breeders of asexually reproduced crops, who are often discouraged by the complexity of their crops’ genetics and the limited international community effort compared with other crops such as cereals.

Breeders of asexually reproduced crops who now use DNA analysis approaches will often confirm the value of these approaches bring to their variety development, and can explain about the leaps made thanks to such approaches and the challenges they have been facing or maybe are facing now.

Experience of early adopters of DNA analysis approaches shows that when starting the journey of using DNA analysis approaches, building genomic and genetic toolboxes, staging the integration of different molecular technologies and building internal capabilities are crucial success factors.

That is why we will organize a KeyGene Webinar on September 27 around this theme, featuring experts from the plant breeding industry. These experts breed for different asexually propagated crops: soft fruits, plantation, potatoes and ornamentals. They will share their experience from the past, lessons learned and views on the future, regarding the use of DNA analysis approaches to accelerate breeding of advanced varieties that combine traits desired by growers, traders, retail and end users.

During the KeyGene Webinar, the leader of KeyGene’s banana breeding and research, will show how DNA analysis approaches support the efficient breeding of a tough asexually reproduced crop, that has limited earlier breeding worldwide.

You can register here. During registration, you can indicate your preference on-site / online


15:30  Welcome, chairperson Paul Sanders, Egotainment

Panel discussion, led by Paul Sanders, featuring experts from breeding industry

  • Graham Clarkson, Edward Vinson
  • Joost Kos, Royal Van Zanten
  • Edgar Krieger, CIOPORA

16:00 Presentations: Experiences of breeders

  • Dominik Losert, Selecta One
  • Guus Heselmans, Meijer Potato
  • Fernando García Bastidas, KeyGene

17:00 Questions from the online and on site audience

17:15 Closing by Paul Sanders

Drinks for those who participate on-site (in Wageningen)


Register here. During registration, you can indicate your preference on-site / online