The symposium will begin with registration at 14:00-21:00 on Oct. 20th, conference opening at 8:30 on Oct 21th, and will conclude at 12:00 on Oct. 23th.

Tentative Scientific Program

Sunday, Oct 20


Conference Registration

Monday, Oct 21


Editorial Board meeting of Molecular Breeding


Conference Registration


Opening (Chair: Qifa Zhang)

Remark by President of Huazhong Agricultural University

Collaborative Agreement Signature


Session I: Functional genomics

Chair: Lin Li

14:20 Mutational genomics facilitate access to genetically intractable regions of the wheat genome harbouring key disease resistance genes

Evans Lagudah, CSIRO, Canberra, Australia

14:45 The dynamics of soybean domestication and diversification

Jianxin Ma, Purdue University, USA

15:10 The role of the circadian clock in thranscriptomic and physiologic responses to abiotic stress in Brassica rapa

C. Robertson McClung, Dartmouth College, USA


Photograph and Coffee Break


(Continue) Session I: Functional genomics

Chair: Kabin Xie

16:00 Desired control of root system architecture to develop climate-resilient rice

Yusaku Uga, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, Japan

16:25 Genome-wide association study identified genetic variation in ZmTIP1 contributes to maize root hair elongation and drought tolerance

Feng Qin, China Agricultural University, China

16:50 Genetic solutions through breeding counteract climate change and secure Australia's barley production

Chengdao Li, Murdoch University, Australia

17:15 Exploration and utilization of rice resources with broad-spectrum resistance against blast disease

Xuewei Chen, Sichuan Agricultural University, China


Dinner and Molecular Breeding Welcome Party

Tuesday, Oct 22


Session II: Crop biotechnology

Chair: WenhaoYan

08:30 Genomic adaptation of flowering-time genes during the expansion of rice cultivation area

Takeshi Izawa, University of Tokyo, Japan

08:55 Soil sulphur deficiency is associated with the prevalence of human disease by consuming wheat gluten products

Wujun Ma, Murdoch University, Australia

09:20 Genomic research of soybean for crop improvement

Hon-Ming Lam, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China

09:45 Understanding of citrus domestication for breeding purpose

Qiang Xu, Huazhong Agricultural University, China


Coffee Break


Session III: Functional genomics

Chair: Yidan Ouyang

10:30 Molecular mechanisms for adaptation to long days at high latitudes in soybean

Jun Abe, Hokkaido University, Japan

10:55 Teosinte ligule allele narrows plant architecture and enhances high-density maize yields

Feng Tian, China Agricultural University, China

11:20 Genetic and genomic analysis of soybean adaptation

Fanjiang Kong, Guangzhou University, China




Session IV: Gene engineering

Chair: Xingwang Li

14:00 The potential of predictive plant phenomics to address (some of) the challenges facing crop production

Patrick S. Schnable, Iowa State University, USA

14:25 Increasing the lipid content in vegetative tissues via iterative combinatorial metabolic engineering

Thomas Vanhercke, CSIRO, Canberra, Australia

14:50 Cotton genome editing: Current progress and future prospective

Shuangxia Jin, Huazhong Agricultural University, China

15:15 Synthetic apomixis in hybrid rice

Kejian Wang, China National Rice Research Institute, CAAS, China


Coffee Break


Session V: MAS breeding

Chair: Qing Li

16:00 Building a rice pan-genome to exploit the diversity in rice

Xuehui Huang, Shanghai Normal University, China

16:25 Identification of genomic regions associated with domestication and agronomically important traits using improved reference genome sequence of mungbean (Vigna radiata L.)

Suk-Ha Lee, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

16:50 Approaches toward breeding cultivars with multi-adversity resistance, good quality and high yield in cotton

Zhiying Ma, Hebei Agricultural University, China

17:15 Recent advances in genome breeding of Green Super Rice for green agriculture

Sibin Yu, Huazhong Agricultural University, China



Wednesday, Oct 23


Session VI: Crop biotechnology

Chair: Maojun Wang

08:30 Exploring yield stability in soybean

David Hyten, University of Nebraska, USA

08:55 Genes for sustainable development of wheat production

Takao Komatsuda, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, Japan

09:20 Triplicated resistant genes conferred improved adaptability against clubroot disease to species Brassica rapa

Chunyu Zhang, Huazhong Agricultural University, China

09:45 The regulation of photoperiod male sterility by long non-coding RNAs in rice

Zhaoxia Cai, Huazhong Agricultural University, China


Coffee Break


Session VII: Functional genomics

Chair: Weibo Xie

10:30 Untangling the molecular mechanisms advancing autopolyploid adaptability

Genlou Sun, Saint Mary's University, Canada

10:55 PbrPLDδ1-derived phosphatidic acid mitigates S-RNase signaling in pear

Juyou Wu, Nanjing Agricultural University, China

11:20 Cloning an ear length QTL reveals ethylene as a developmental signal controlling kernel number in maize

Qiang Ning, Huazhong Agricultural University, China


Closing Ceremony

Chair: Lizhong Xiong, Huazhong Agricultural University, China



Invited Speakers

Jun AbeHokkaido University, Japan
Xuewei ChenSichuan Agricultural University, China
Xuehui HuangShanghai Normal University, China
David HytenUniversity of Nebraska, USA
Takeshi IzawaUniversity of Tokyo, Japan
Takao KomatsudaNational Agriculture and Food Research Organization, Japan
Fanjiang KongGuangzhou University, China
Evans LagudahCSIRO, Canberra, Australia
Hon-Ming LamThe Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
Suk-Ha LeeSeoul National University, Seoul, Korea
Chengdao LiMurdoch University, Australia
Jianxin MaPurdue University, USA
Wujun MaMurdoch University, Australia
Zhiying MaHebei Agricultural University, China
C. Robertson McClungDartmouth College, USA
Feng QinChina Agricultural University, China
Patrick S.SchnableIowa State University, USA
Genlou SunSaint Mary's University,Canada
Feng TianChina Agricultural University, China
Yusaku UgaNational Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, Japan
Thomas VanherckeCSIRO, Canberra, Australia
Kejian WangChina National Rice Research Institute, CAAS, China
Juyou WuNan jing Agricultural University, China
Qiang XuHuazhong Agricultural University,China
Jianming YuIowa State University, USA