Watch WP2 webinars on cultivar testing for organic
Cultivars adapted to the diversity of organic farming systems and agroecological environments are key elements for boosting organic farms’ productivity, their yield stability and the quality of their end products. Well organized breeding and post-registration cultivar testing networks can deliver information required by farmers to choose the cultivars best suited for their needs.
To foster the development of these networks by proving key resources to set them up and/or to optimize them, LIVESEED (ITAB and IFOAM OE) organized 3 webinars on the 3rd of September and the 4th of November 2020.
Webinar #1 – Experimental designs and statistical methods and tools relevant for decentralized on-farm breeding – Pierre Rivière (Mètis)
This webinar describes experimental designs and statistical methods and tools that are relevant for decentralized on-farm breeding. Several analyses are illustrated: agronomic, sensory and network topology. A decision tree to perform the appropriated analysis according to objectives and experimental constraints as well as the R package PPBstats is presented by Pierre. For more details, please download Diversifood Booklet #3.
Webinar #2 – How can citizen science be applied for cost-efficient organic variety testing in Europe – Jacob van Etten (Alliance Bioversity-CIAT)
Jacob Van Etten is research director for Digital Inclusion in the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT. He participated to the development of ClimMob, a platform designed for on-farm testing at scale. Many farmers from different countries participated to this crowdsourced project. This presentation focuses on citizen engagement in this project and provides inputs on how citizen science could be applied for cost-efficient organic variety testing in Europe.
Webinar #3 – The SeedLinked tool and initiative – Nicolas Enjalbert (SeedLinked CEO)
In this webinar, Nicolas Enjalbert (PhD), CEO and Co-Founder, presents SeedLinked, an emerging collaborative data sharing platform that connects people and data to help characterize, breed, source, and harvest the best. SeedLinked was created to increase the amount and quality of information available on variety performance in different regions. Seedlinked is to be available to anyone, from plant breeders, to commercial growers, to home gardeners. In just one click, see what variety is best for your region and needs. Seedlinked is founded upon the core values of collaboration, transparency, decentralization, and open access. SeedLinked is a particularly useful tool to facilitate collaborative trials with real-time information shared among users (growers and breeders/trialing organization). UW Madison, Organic Seed Alliance, Seed Savers Exchange and SeedLinked are collaborating to beta test the platform through two joint USDA Grant since fall 2018 with currently 1800 growers through North America and across more than 20 vegetable crops and small grains.