During the period June 29 – July 5, 2014, Dr. Sanja Vasiljević and Dr. Nikola Hristov visited Wernigerode, Germany, as participants of “Cereals for Food, Feed and Fuel – Challenge for Global Improvement” conference, jointly organised by EUCARPIA Cereal Section and ITMI. Over 300 participants from nearly 50 world countries attended the conference.
Significance of cereal genetic resources was discussed and concept of wheat hybrid development was demonstrated. Also, resistance mechanisms toward economically significant diseases of four main cereals (wheat, barley, rye and oats) were displayed. Other topics included the most important quality parameters of small grains, future methods and innovations in breeding and growing technology of small grains, as well as breeding rye for higher yields and increased resistance to drought by application of genome selection.
Dr. Nikola Hristov presented the poster titled “Grain quality of wheat wild relatives”, and Dr. Sanja Vasiljević displayed the poster on “Potential of biogas production by using winter pea mixtures with triticale and oat“.