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The event addresses issues relevant to plant breeding for organic and low-input agriculture. It hosts the final scientific conference of the Horizon 2020-funded projects LIVESEED, BRESOV and ECOBREED, and two projects of
the Latvian National Fundamental and Applied Research Program. The colourful program is organised around topics of organic plant breeding and market and policy aspects of seed markets and seed systems.

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8 March 2021 - 10 March 2021
Online, Latvia
EUCARPIA is a non-profit organization that promotes scientific and technical co-operation in the field of plant breeding in order to foster its further development. It organises meetings to discuss general or specific problems from all fields of plant breeding and genetic research.

This online event is the 5th edition of the EUCARPIA Organic and Low Input Section Conference since its establishment in 2007 and is organised with inputs from Horizon 2020 funded project LIVESEED “Boosting Organic Seed and Plant Breeding Across Europe” and its sister projects BRESOV (Shaping the future of organic breeding and farming) and ECOBREED (which is increasing the efficiency and competitiveness of organic crop breeding).

The Conference will open with a keynote speech from Louise Luttikholt (IFOAM Organics International) on how to transform food systems and breeding. Dr Julie Dawson (Seed to Kitchen Collaborative, University of Wisconsin, USA) will explain how to scale up participation in breeding for flavour while engaging farmers, gardeners, culinary professionals and consumers. Micaela Colley (Organic Seed Alliance, USA) will give us a picture on the state of organic seed production in the United States, while Prof. Gabriele Berg (Graz University of Technology, Austria) will talk about the right seeds for sustainable agriculture. Dr Nicolas Enjalbert (SEEDLINKED, USA) will navigate us in the world of facilitating diverse seed systems with collaborative digital platforms. Dr Susan Padel will challenge us with the question: organic seeds and varieties: can the market deliver?

Main sections will explore underutilized genetic resources, results from breeding programs for diversity, and discuss breeding approaches for culinary and nutritional quality. Participants will discuss soil-plant interactions in vegetables and grapes. In the section of organic production of high quality & healthy seed, topics such as improving cultivar testing, seed multiplication & health for high-quality seeds, and seed health issues such as Common bunt treatments in organic and carrot seed vigour, field emergence and tolerance to the damping-off pathogen Alternaria radicina will be presented. The program will also cover multi-actor & participatory breeding approaches, socio-economic analysis of seed systems, market & consumers aspects, regulatory & policy opportunities, and breeding approaches to achieve sustainable development goals.

Participants will be able to join a video excursion to Latvian organic farms, as well as discuss further topics in break-out discussion groups.

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