MTA ATK Agricultural Institute, Martonvásár

As part of the scientific program, participants can join a site visit to the Agricultural Institute, MTA ATK, Martonvásár, one of the most renowned agricultural research center in the region. Participants can visit the breeding departments (molecular and resistance breeding, wheat quality labs + greenhouses), basic research laboratories (phytotrons, genomics and molecular cytogenetics) and take part on workshops supported by conference sponsors.
Agricultural Institute, Martonvásár

Besides being one of the most influential research center, the Agricultural Institute, MTA ATK, Martonvasar is well known for its location. The research center is located on the Brunszvik Manor in a picturesque setting. The conference dinner will take place in the Brunszvik Castle.

Date: November 8, 2017
Site visit: 15:00-18:00
Conference Dinner: 18:00-20:00
Price: included in the registration fee

Transportation from the conference venue (Danubius Hotel Gellért) to the MTA ATK Martonvásár and back to the hotel will be provided.

Programme of the Site Visit

Session 1: Lectures

Otto Veisz: Center of excellence for basic research and agricultural innovation at Agricultural Institute of MTA ATK
Gábor Galiba: Applied genomic, cytogenetic, plant stress and reproduction research in Martonvásár
Gyula Vida: Cereal breeding activities in Martonvásár
Ildikó Karsai: Molecular genetic tools for cereal breeding
Mariann Rakszegi: Quality oriented research activities for cereal breeding

Session 2: Lab visits

In the frame of the lab visits two main buildings of Agricultural Institute, the Cereal Research Unit and the Biological Research Unit will be introduced. Participants will be splitted into smaller groups.

The main activities of the Cereal Research Unit are breeding and research aimed at developing new cultivars of various cereals (wheat, durum wheat, barley, triticale, spelt, emmer, einkorn and oats) and studying the genetic and physiological background of plant development and of resistance to various abiotic and biotic stressors.

The research at the Biological Research Unit is aimed at understanding the structure of the plant genome and functions deriving from genomic diversity. To use gene pools for the improvement of stress adaptation and quality parameters and the defense processes of the major stress factors for cereals are also in interest. The study of the sexual reproduction and development processes of cereals and various model plants, interactions between plant cells and their environment are also in focus.

The Martonvásár Phytotron located in the Biological Research Unit boasts a total of 50 plant growth and testing units – which can simulate temperatures ranging from -25° C to +45 °C, relative humidity upwards of 80%, C02, light intensity and UV-B radiation. Guided tour in the Martonvásár Phytotron is also the part of the programme.

Session 3: Conference Dinner from 18:00

The Organizers reserve the right to make changes in the programme.