13-16 March 2023
Trafalgar Centre,
Nelson, New Zealand


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Field trip

Thursday March 16

Limited to 50 places

Fee: $30 + GST

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1:15pm      Coach departs Trafalgar Centre
3pm      Tour of Plant & Food Research Motueka site
5pm      Coach returns to Trafalgar Centre

The Motueka research campus is physically the third largest of all the PFR sites, comprising 55 ha of research orchards and growing facilities and 36 staff. The campus was recently redeveloped in conjunction with Māori land owners Wakatū Incorporation to create new purpose-built research labs. Motueka is home to four commercial breeding programmes: Berry Fruit (Rubus, Vaccinium, and Ribes), Hops (Humulus lupulus), Pear (Asian x European Pyrus), and Kiwiberry (Actinida arguta). There are also teams focused on Entomology, Pathology, Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology that support the breeding programmes and undertake research. We will visit the research orchards and hear overviews of the main breeding programmes and underpinning science. Afternoon tea and coach transport are included.

GDR training workshop programme

13 March, 9am-noon

Venue: Plant & Food Research Nelson site (Ika room), 293-297 Akersten Street, Port Nelson

Limited to 20 places. Please book when you register (the workshop is free and can be registered for by itself if you have already registered to attend the conference).

The Genome Database for Rosaceae is the longstanding community database of the Rosaceae Genomics, Genetics and Breeding Community. In this workshop we will demonstrate how to use the integrated data and tools in the GDR to gather information for research. Use case examples will be chosen based on input from the Rosaceae community. Training on how to use BIMS to manage your private breeding data will also be included.

9:00 Workshop Introduction
9:10 Introduction to GDR
9:20 New data and tools in GDR
9:40 GDR Use Case demonstrations 1
10:20 Beverage break
10:40 GDR Use Case demonstrations 2
11:20 Community discussion on future functionality and data
11:35 Community brainstorming on how to make GDR sustainable
11:50 Summary and wrap up
12:00 Lunch

Email us with you use case questions

Tools for Polyploids workshop programme

17th March, full day: Polyploid tools and application

Venue: Plant & Food Research Nelson site (Ika room)

Coach transport provided:

08:30 Depart Tides Hotel (66 Trafalgar Street) to Plant & Food Research, 293-297 Akersten Street, Port Nelson

17:00 Depart Plant & Food Research, 293-297 Akersten Street, Port Nelson to Tides Hotel.

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