It has been 15 years since the last apomixis congress was held in 2007 at Wernigerode, Germany. Previous apomixis conferences were organized in 1995 at College Station, Texas and in 2001 at Como, Italy. In these 15 years a lot of new knowledge about apomixis and its components has been acquired. To enable the discussion on the latest insights in the process of apomixis, KeyGene, the University of Milan, and Wageningen University, in collaboration with the Czech Institute of Botany, will organize a one-day satellite meeting on Sunday June 19th, preceding the 26th International Conference on Sexual Plant Reproduction in Prague ( Note that we will follow the COVID-19 policies of the ICSPR.

The meeting will be held at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Průhonice Park and Castle, a mere 15 km south east of Prague (, where in 1995 the Apomixis & Taxonomy meeting was organized. Transport from the Pyramida hotel (ICSPR site) to Průhonice will be provided for all registrants in the morning of June 19th.

The program consists of invited presentations with ample time for discussion. At the end of the day there will be a round table debate on the future of apomixis research and its applications. Participation is free of costs upon pre-registration and includes coffee and lunch. The number of participants is restricted to 60. NOTE: REGISTRATION IS CLOSED, FULLY BOOKED PER 11 MARCH 2022.

Peggy Ozias-Akins

University of Georgia, USA
Fine-tuning parthenogenesis for clonal reproduction.


Olivier LeBlanc

Université de Montpellier, France
Characterization of Trimethylguanosine Synthase1 during reproductive development in plants.


Peter van Dijk

KeyGene, The Netherlands
Identifying apomixis genes in dandelions (Taraxacum).


Kitty Vijverberg

Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands
Comparative transcriptomics of the egg apparatus in sexual, apomictic and parthenogenesis-deleted dandelions.


Lucia Colombo

University of Milano, Italy
The role of the VPS13 in megasporogenesis.

Arp Schnittger

University of Hamburg, Germany
Live cell imaging of meiosis.





Ueli Grossniklaus

University of Zürich, Switzerland
Engineering apomixis in maize: progress and challenges.


Silvina Pessino

National University of Rosario, Argentina
Unravelling the molecular basis of the transition from sexual to asexual seed formation in Paspalum.


Jan Kirschner

Institute of Botany, Czech Acad. of Sciences, Czech Republic
Apomixis and evolution in dandelions – towards a new, agamospermous rubber crop.

Lucia Colombo

Department of Biosciences
Università degli Studi di Milano

Research interests
Ovule and seed development, Plant reproduction, Arabidopsis and rice

Jan Kirschner

Institute of Botany
Czech Academy of Sciences
Czech Republic

Research interests
Taxonomy and evolution of Juncaceae and Taraxacum, apomixis, rubber dandelions

Eric Schranz

Department of Plant Sciences
Wageningen University and Research
The Netherlands

Research interests
Comparative genomics, apomixis, Boechera, Taraxacum

Peter van Dijk

The Netherlands

Research interests
Apomixis, self-incompatibility, polyploidy, plant breeding, history of genetics

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(Image under ‘contact’: four of Mendel’s H. auricula x aurantiacum hybrids from the herbarium Hieracia Naegeliana  © Museum of Grenoble, France)