Why You Should Attend
Building a reliable a connection between the genotype and its corresponding phenotypic spectrum is perhaps one of the biggest challenges in plant biology today. Dynamic crop simulation models offer an opportunity to use the genotype to predict the phenotype under a range of environments. One way to do this is via the incorporation of genetic information into crop models to create a gene-based model, which in the future would be able to accept the genotypic makeup of a crop and the weather data to predict the outcome. Several groups around the world are working in this area, and granting agencies are also investing in this area of research. In encouraging and facilitating future collaborations in this area by including professionals, students, plant breeders, and geneticists together in this workshop, its aim is to bring about progress through innovation.