Climate-Smart Grass at the 6th EUCARPIA Festulolium Working Group Workshop in the Czech Republic

The 6th EUCARPIA Festulolium Working Group Workshop, organised by the Centre of Plant Structural and Functional Genetics and DLF Hladke Zivotice, took place in Olomouc, Czech Republic in April 2016. Climate-Smart Grass research was the basis of two oral presentations by Prof. Mike Humphreys (‘Developing climate-smart grasslands’) and Dr. Dimitra Loka (‘How one stress might impact another’). The presentations addressed two main issues: (1) To select from diverse and novel Festulolium hybrid grass populations those that provide the greatest resilience to multiple stress conditions, and (2) to identify morphological responses associated with increased resilience to multiple stress conditions. The presentations also covered the different grass cultivars and hybrids, and the treatments (including flood, drought, consecutive flood and drought, and ozone exposure) that are addressed by the Climate-Smart Grass Cluster. 

The workshop included a tour of the DLF breeding station in Hladke ZivoticeThe workshop included a tour of the DLF breeding station in Hladke ZivoticeIn summary, it was a highly productive workshop that provided useful connections and ideas, as well as a platform to showcase the latest Climate-Smart Grass research.

Publication date: 13 June 2016