The Pulse Crop Genetic Improvement Network (PCGIN) is a platform that serves the process of legume crop improvement in the UK.

It establishes the route by which scientific resources, results and knowledge are delivered to breeders, producers and end users, providing a link between these groups and the research base to achieve added value for pulse crops. It provides resources, expertise and understanding that are drawn upon by both public and commercial sectors in breeding, analysis, and in the definition and improvement of product quality relating to both commercial and public goods.

It promotes and executes the translation of genomic research tools to crop improvement, consistent with both the needs of UK industry, and Defra objectives relating to sustainable agriculture. Furthermore, it provides links with, and involvement in, European pulse crop research programmes.

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PCGIN 2018 stakeholder meeting

John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, Colney,
Norwich NR4 7UH

Tel: 01603 450000

Friday, 23rd November 2018 (10:30 – 15:30)

Research highlights from the current PCGIN project (2018-2023) will be presented. Topics will include studies of disease resistance, seed quality traits and development of new resources for UK pulse crops.  There will be a session devoted to engagement with industrial partners and opportunity for stakeholders to highlight emergent priorities which can be tackled using genetics.
[Late registration: please contact by November 19th when numbers will be finalised].



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