CPSC Lecture with Jacob Weiner on "Evolutionary Agroecology" – University of Copenhagen

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CPSC Lecture with Jacob Weiner on "Evolutionary Agroecology"

Professor Jacob Weiner from Section for Organismal Biology, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, UCPH will give the first lecture in the CPSC Lecture series on 22 October at 15.00-16.00 on: "Evolutionary Agroecology: Applying Evolutionary Theory to Plant Production".

Evolutionary Agroecology (also called Darwinian Agriculture) is the application of evolutionary theory to improve agricultural yields and/or sustainability. The basic idea is that it is very unlikely that plant breeding or genetic engineering can improve attributes already favored by millions of years of natural selection, but there may be unutilized potential in selecting for attributes that increase total crop yield but reduce plants’ individual fitness. In other words, plant breeding should be based on group, not individual, selection. In this talk, I present the theoretical evolutionary and agronomic background, show recent results testing the core hypothesis of this approach, and discuss the potential mechanisms and implications for plant breeding.

Time: 22. october 2015 at 15:00-16:00.

Place: Thorvaldsensvej 40, 1871 Frederiksberg C, lecture room A2-70.03