Eucarpia General Congress a great success
Eucarpia – the European Association for Research on Plant Breeding – held its twentieth general congress in summer 2016 at the ETH Zurich. This was the first time that the Congress, which Agroscope helped to organise, was held in Switzerland. The 420 participants from 48 countries built bridges between the different disciplines under the motto “Plant breeding – the art of bringing science to life’. To support its selection decisions, the art of practical plant breeding increasingly takes advantage of the knowledge and tools of molecular genetics, the measurement techniques summarised under the term ‘phenomics’, and advanced bioinformatics methods.