Small Grains Department and Biotechnology Department participate in the large international FP7 project titled: “Genetics and physiology of wheat development to flowering: Tools to breed for improved adaptation and yield potential” (FP7-KBBE-2011-5, ADAPTAWHEAT). Our partner on the project Professor Gustavo Slafer from University of Lleida in Spain, internationally renowned and acknowledged expert in the field of developmental physiology, visited the Institute on 12 and 13 May 2015. One of the most important goals of this visit was agreement on future cooperation, both in international projects and other joint activities and research.
Our distinguished guest was introduced to the Institute’s main courses of research on small grains and biotechnology, and to junior researchers who presented their research activities and received valuable suggestions. Prof. Slafer held a lecture: Further improving yield through increases in fruiting efficiency in wheat, which was followed by an extensive discussion on the applicability of his research to other plant species, past experiences and future directions of his and our research, and possibilities of training our young researchers in the laboratories of Prof. Slafer.
Professor Slafer then visited the Small Grains Department, laboratory for biotechnology, small grain macro trials, as well as trials related to project ADAPTAWHEAT. Traits of different small grains cultivars, trial conditions and possible results of project ADAPTAWHEAT were discussed. Professor Slafer also appreciated the visit to the 82nd International Agricultural Fair in Novi Sad, complimented the design of Institute’s stand, and commended the commitment to improve our current cooperation in the following period.