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Breeding in a World of Scarcity

Proceedings of the 2015 Meeting of the Section “Forage Crops and Amenity Grasses” of Eucarpia

  • Isabel Roldán-Ruiz
  • Joost Baert
  • Dirk Reheul
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Scarcity of Natural Resources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Á. Helgadóttir, L. Østrem, R. P. Collins, M. Humphreys, A. Marshall, B. Julier et al.
      Pages 3-13
    3. A. Bothe, S. Nehrlich, E. Willner, K. J. Dehmer
      Pages 21-27
    4. D. Gasior, J. Harper, M. Humphreys, A. Lovatt, A. Armstead, R. Sanderson
      Pages 29-33
    5. V. Kemešytė, G. Statkevičiūtė, A. Aleliūnas, G. Brazauskas
      Pages 41-45
    6. S. K. Arojju, D. Milbourne, P. Conaghan, T. R. Hodkinson, S. Barth
      Pages 47-52
    7. F. X. Schubiger, J. Baert, T. Ball, Z. Both, E. Czembor, U. Feuerstein et al.
      Pages 53-62
    8. P. Westermeier, A. Wosnitza, E. Willner, U. Feuerstein, W. Luesink, S. Schulze et al.
      Pages 63-68
    9. A. Fariaszewska, J. Aper, M. Staniak, J. Baert, J. Van Huylenbroeck, J. De Riek
      Pages 69-73
    10. E. C. Brummer, M. Trammell
      Pages 75-79
    11. D. Sokolović, S. Babić, J. Radović, M. Petrović, G. Jevtić, Z. Lugić et al.
      Pages 89-97
  3. Scarcity of Breeders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. T. De Swaef, A. Ghesquiere, P. Lootens, I. Roldán-Ruiz
      Pages 101-104
    3. K. Jonavičienė, S. Yates, S. Nagelmüller, F. Liebisch, N. Kirchgessner, A. Walter et al.
      Pages 105-109
    4. P. Lootens, W. H. Maes, T. De Swaef, J. Aper, K. C. Mertens, K. Steppe et al.
      Pages 111-116
    5. G. Statkevičiūtė, A. Aleliūnas, V. Kemešytė, G. Brazauskas
      Pages 117-120

About these proceedings


This book includes papers presented at the 2015 meeting of the Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses Section of Eucarpia. The theme of the meeting “Breeding in a world of scarcity” was elaborated in four sessions: (1) scarcity of natural resources, (2) scarcity of breeders, (3) scarcity of land and (4) scarcity of focus. Parts I to IV of this book correspond to these four sessions. Session 1 refers to the consequences of climate change, reduced access to natural resources and declining freedom in using them. Plant breeding may help by developing varieties with a more efficient use of water and nutrients and a better tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses. Session 2 refers to the shrinking number of field breeders. There is a need for a mutual empathy between field- and lab-oriented breeding activities, integrating new methods of phenotyping and genotyping. Session 3 underscores the optimal use of agricultural land. Forage needs to be intensively produced in a sustainable way, meeting the energy, protein and health requirements of livestock. Well-adapted varieties, species and mixtures of grasses and legumes are needed. Session 4 refers to the fading of focus in primary production triggered by a range of societal demands. There are few farmers left and they are asked to meet many consumer demands. Both large-scale, multi-purpose species and varieties and specialized niche crops are required. Part V summarizes the conclusions of two open debates, two working group meetings and two workshops held during the conference. The debates were devoted to the future of grass and fodder crop breeding, and to feed quality breeding and testing. The conference hosted meetings of the working groups “Multisite rust evaluation” and “Festulolium”. Workshops focused on “genomic selection and association mapping” and on “phenotyping” with applications in practical breeding research. Part V contains also short sketches of breeding ideas presented as short communications.  


Breeding Fodder crop Grass Scarcity Eucarpia

Editors and affiliations

  • Isabel Roldán-Ruiz
    • 1
  • Joost Baert
    • 2
  • Dirk Reheul
    • 3
  1. 1.(ILVO)Inst. for Agricult. and Fisheries Res.MelleBelgium
  2. 2.(ILVO)Inst. for Agricult. and Fisheries Res.MelleBelgium
  3. 3.Ghent UniversityGentBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Breeding in a World of Scarcity
  • Book Subtitle Proceedings of the 2015 Meeting of the Section “Forage Crops and Amenity Grasses” of Eucarpia
  • Editors Isabel Roldán-Ruiz
    Joost Baert
    Dirk Reheul
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-28930-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-80458-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-28932-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 337
  • Number of Illustrations 44 b/w illustrations, 28 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Plant Breeding/Biotechnology
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