Czech–Norwegian synergistic activities on the genetics and breeding of fodder crops to mitigate impacts of climate change

Duration
02/2024 - 06/2024
Project number
EHP-BFNU-OVNKM-4-271-01-2023
Principle investigator
The initiative will aim in broadening of the existing collaborations and establishing new ones between researchers from Czech Republic and Norway dealing with fodder crops. The researchers collaborated on one specific project (Development of DArT array for Festuca-Lolium complex) about a 15 years ago.
Since then, researchers from both countries have met several times, usually during EUCARPIA Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses section conferences without common activities. However, during the last conference, they found that they have shared interest in the research topics and would like to re-establish collaboration on the genetics and breeding of fodder crops, biodiversity needs and incorporation of minor species and hybrids in breeding practice and farming.
This initiative can therefore serve as an excellent platform for such reestablished collaboration. Two main partners (NMBU and IEB) display both common and complementary expertise: flow cytometry, cytogenetics, genomics and transcriptomics (IEB) and gene cloning, genetic diversity analyses and transcriptomics and proteomics (NMBU). Both institutions conducts both basic and applied research activities, perform prebreeding and field trials and collaborate extensively with forage breeders and applied research institutions.
The ultimate goal of the initiative will be the establishment of the working group, which will prepare and submit the project proposal to one of the EU Horizon calls. The call has not been selected yet, however, the topics on the implementation of minor crops in breeding and farming, utilization of interspecific hybridization and polyploidy in forage breeding, biodiversity needs, and improvement of fodder crops production using
state-of-art technologies will be targeted.
Overall, the initiative will help to establish the collaboration between two Norwegians and four Czech Institutions dealing with the research and breeding of forage crops. Collaborative activities and exchange of knowledge and knowhow is a key factor in the development of new breeding material and implementation of new approaches to do so. It is worth to mention that permanent grassland is the key agricultural landscape in Norway and forage
(both for grazing and silage) is also one of the key areas of Czech agriculture. Thus, collaboration of the researchers and breeders from both countries are highly beneficial to keep a pace in breeding and implementing new materials with the tempo of drastic climatic changes appearing in the last years.
 

 Detailed agenda (programme) including time schedule of the initiative:

 

•                    February 1st: start of the initiative

•                    February 1st to February 7th: establishment of webpage of the initiative within the webpages of the applicant (Institute of Experimental Botany)

•                    February 1st to March 11th: preparation of the first (kick-off) workshop, preparation of the presentations

•                    March 17th to March 20th: visit of the Czech partners to Norway

•                    March 18th-19th: the first (kick-off) workshop

•                    March 20th-31th: publishing the report from the first workshop on the webpage of the initiative

•                    April 1st to April 30th: preparation of a paper about the project and the common activities of the participating organizations and its publication in one of the popular-scientific magazines printed in Czech Republic (Agrární obzor, Úroda, Vesmír or Živa)

•                    April 16th to May 30th: seeking for the suitable Horizon calls, elaborating of the ideas for the future project by individual participants

•                    May 10th and May 31st: two online meetings of all participants – presenting and summarizing of the ideas for the topics of Horizon calls

•                    May 1st to June 3rd: preparation of the second workshop, preparation of the presentations

•                    June 3rd to 5th visit of the Norwegian partners to Czech Republic

•                    June 4th: the second workshop

•                    June 6th-15th: publishing the report from the second workshop on the webpage of the initiative

•                    June 30th: end of the initiative


Detailed programme of the first (kick-off) meeting
Date: March 18-19, 2024
Venue: Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Ås, Norway
Accomodation: Thon Hotel, Ski
Participants:
Dr. David Kopecký, Institute of Experimental Botany ASCR
Dr. Jan Šafář, Institute of Experimental Botany ASCR
Dr. Jana Szecówka, Institute of Experimental Botany,
Dr. Radek Machač, Oseva Pro
Dr. Libor Jalůvka, DLF Seeds
Dr. Stanislav Hejduk, Mendel University
Prof. Odd Arne Rognli, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Dr. Malllikarjuna Rao Kovi, University of Life Sciences
Dr. Sigridur Dalmannsdottir, NIBIO
Dr. Marit Jorgensen, NIBIO
Dr. Kristin Gylstrøm, Graminor
Dr. Muath Alsheikh, Graminor
 
Programme:
March 17 – arrival of Czech participants, accomodation
 
March 18
9:00 Welcome speech (Odd Arne Rognli)
9:30 David Kopecký: Introduction of the initiative, aims and targets
10:00 coffee break
10:30 Mallikarjuna Rao Kovi: Research and breeding activities at NMBU
11:00 Jana Szecówka: Research and breeding activities at Institute of Experimental Botany ASCR
11:30 Sigridur Dalmannsdottir: Research and breeding activities at NIBIO
12:00 lunch break
13:30 Radek Machač: Research and breeding activities at Oseva Pro
14:00 Muath Alsheikh: Research and breeding activities at Graminor
14:30 Stanislav Hejduk: Research and breeding activities at Mendel University
15:00 Libor Jalůvka: Research and breeding activities at DLF Seeds
15:30 coffee break
18:30 Workshop dinner
 
March 19
9:00 General discussion
10:00 coffee break
10:30 Moderated discussion (Prof. Odd Arne Rognli)
11:30 General conclusions and overviews on future activities of the initiative (Prof. Odd Arne Rognli and Dr. David Kopecký)
12:00 lunch break
13:00 Visit of the facilities (greenhouses, labs, growth chambers) at NMBU
18:30 Workshop dinner (optional)
 
March 20 – departure of the Czech participants



Detailed programme of the second meeting
Date: June 4, 2024
Venue: Institute of Experimental Botany ASCR, Olomouc, Czech Republic
Accomodation: Clarion hotel, Olomouc
https://www.clarioncongresshotelolomouc.com/en/
 
Participants:
David Kopecký, Institute of Experimental Botany ASCR
 Jana Szecówka, Institute of Experimental Botany ASCR
 Marek Szecówka, Institute of Experimental Botany ASCR
 Vladimír Černoch, Institute of Experimental Botany ASCR
 Jan Šafář, Institute of Experimental Botany ASCR
 Jan Bartoš, Institute of Experimental Botany ASCR
 Stanislav Hejduk, Mendel University
 Radek Machač, Oseva Pro
 Simona Raab, Oseva Pro
 Libor Jalůvka, DLF Seeds (pending)
 Radek Čapka, DLF Seeds (pending)
 Kateřina Stixová, DLF Seeds (pending)
Prof. Rognli, University of Life Science
 Kovi, University of Life Science
 Sigridur Dalmannsdottir, NIBIO
 Muath Alsheikh, Graminor
 
Programme:
June 3 arrival of Norwegian participants, accommodation (hotel is located 50m from the train station)
 
June 4
8:30 pick up of Norwegian participants by David at Clarion hotel (lobby)
https://www.clarioncongresshotelolomouc.com/en/
 
9:00 Welcome speech (Jan Bartoš, Head of the Centre of Plant Structural and Functional Genomics, Institute of Experimental Botany ASCR)
9:20 Overview on the activities of the initiative, overlaps of the ongoing and future research and breeding targets of the participating institutions (David Kopecký and Prof. Odd Arne Rognli)
10:00 coffee break
10:30 Opportunities of the Horizon calls, moderated discussion, assembly of the working team (David Kopecký and Prof. Odd Arne Rognli)
11:00 General discussion, pivotal scheme of the project proposal to be prepared for the Horizon calls (David Kopecký and Prof. Odd Arne Rognli)
11:45 General conclusions (David Kopecký and Prof. Odd Arne Rognli)
12:00 Visit of the facilities (greenhouses, labs, growth chambers) and field trials of Centre of Plant Structural and Functional Genomics (optional)
12:30 lunch break
13:30 departure of participants to Zubri
14:30 visit of OSEVA Development and Research Ltd.
https://www.oseva-vav.cz/index_soubory/home.htm
16:00 departure of participants to Olomouc
17:00 arrival to Olomouc
17:30 guided tour through historical centre of Olomouc
18:30 Workshop dinner at Kathmandu restaurant
https://nepalirestaurant.cz/en/home-nepali-restaurant/
 
June 5 – departure of the Norwegian participants

Outputs (in czech): 
Jana Pančíková: Vícedruhové směsi pícnin a klima. Úroda. 2024 (online May 3, 2024). 
Vícedruhové směsi pícnin a klima | Uroda.cz - Informace o rostlinné výrobě pro zemědělské odborníky
David Kopecký: Pomohou druhově bohatší směsi vyřešit problém klimatické změny v pícninářství? Zemědělec 19/2024 (online soon)