, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 139-141
Date: 26 Jul 2013

Harnessing plant reproduction for crop improvement: an introduction to the special issue

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The European Plant Reproduction Network (Harnessing Plant Reproduction for Crop Improvement (HAPRECI)) was established in 2009 with financial support through the COST Action program of the European Commission. Its major goal was to stimulate research on plant reproduction in Europe and to combine interrelated and multidisciplinary expertise of the various laboratories. Scientific goals aimed to understand the molecular mechanisms of sexual and apomictic plant reproduction, and to facilitate the use of this knowledge in the development of new approaches in biotechnology, agriculture, and food industry through improved crops. Further goals aimed to promote interaction between fundamental and applied research areas, and to train young researchers in various methods and disciplines. Eighty-seven laboratories from 28 countries participated in the network.

After four successful years, the action will finish in October 2013 with a final network meeting in Oslo. In addition to annual meetings a ...