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EUCARPIA Genetic Resources 2017

Workshop convenors

19 April 2017

Dominic Moran is Professor of Environmental Economics at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Edinburgh and N8 Professor of Agrifood at the University of York, United Kingdom. He is an applied economist specializing in the areas of non-market valuation and impact assessment for project and policy appraisal.  He completed a PhD in economics (University College London) focusing on the valuation of biodiversity. His recent work has focused on the economics of climate change mitigation and adaptation in relation to global food supply chains.  He remains interested in genetic conservation (in and ex situ) and is currently a partner in a Horizon 2020 project focused on the rationalization of European livestock genebanks. He also continues to work on non-market valuation techniques and their design for use in conservation contracting.

Anna Palmé is a senior scientist at the Nordic Genetic Resource Centre (NordGen) with responsibility for managing the ex situ collection of forages and industrial crops and for coordinating external projects. In recent years, she has coordinated several projects on conservation and use of genetic resources, including a project on crop wild relatives in the Nordic region. She got her PhD in Genetics at Uppsala University, Sweden, and has thereafter worked at Oulu University, Finland and Uppsala University before joining NordGen in 2012. Earlier research interests focused on answering ecological and evolutionary questions using genetic tools, for example regarding migration and population structure in natural populations, hybridization, selection patterns and speciation. She is the Chair of the Forage Working Group of the European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources (ECPGR) and a member of the advisory group of the Swedish National Gene Bank for vegetatively propagated plants.

Morten Rasmussen is senior advisor and national coordinator for plant genetic resources at the Norwegian Genetic Resource Center at NIBIO, Norwegian Institute of Bio-economy Research. He is educated at Copenhangen University as plant breeder, working for Danish and Swedish plant breeding entities with variety development and germplasm enhancement. He worked for NordGen from 2008 heading the plant sector of the institute, and developing the Nordic public private partnership for prebreeing to strengthen links between conservation, genetic research and plant breeding.  Currently he is involved in the development of In Situ conservation of crop wild relatives in Norway, establishing genetic reserves in national parks.

Theo van Hintum is the head of the PGR section of the Centre for Genetic Resources, The Netherlands (CGN). After an education as a plant breeder in The Netherlands, he received his PhD in Sweden with a thesis dealing with genetic resources management—specifically, using available information on PGR collections to optimize their composition and facilitate their use. He has worked at CGN for more than thirty years, with a five year break when he worked as manager for a CGIAR initiative (the Generation Challenge Programme). His scientific interests are wide, but are always somehow related to the question “how can genebanks improve their services for current and future users?”. To answer that question he has been studying potential applications of Information Communications Technology (ICT) and bioinformatics, molecular markers and Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) techniques, but also seed storage behaviour and issues related to PGR policies. He is Chair of the Documentation and Information Working Group of the European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources (ECPGR), a member of numerous scientific and advisory committees and international working groups, and is editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal, Plant Genetic Resources Conservation and Use.

Chris Kik studied biology with geology at the State University in Groningen, The Netherlands and obtained a PhD in ecological genetics in 1987 at the same university. In 1988 he joined Wageningen University and Research (WUR) where he coordinated the Allium genetics and breeding group from 1993 to 2005. During this period his team focussed on introgression research, making use of phylogenetics, marker-assisted breeding, genetic transformation and molecular cytogenetics—not only with a focus on disease and pest resistance traits, but also on health beneficial compounds. Much of this work was carried out in collaboration with breeding companies, as well as with research organizations in the framework of European research programmes. Since 2005 he has been head curator at the Dutch national genebank, Centre for Genetic Resources, The Netherlands (CGN), which is also part of WUR. As head curator he is responsible for managing the ex situ crop collections, with particular reference to the acquisition of PGR via collecting expeditions.  Furthermore, he is responsible for the on-farm/in-garden activities of CGN.  In this context he facilitated the establishment of a platform of around 100 agro-initiatives focussing on the conservation and use of Dutch biocultural heritage.