It has been 13 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 13 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 21st, preceding the 26th International Conference on Sexual Plant Reproduction in Prague ( If you would like to attend the meeting, please send us this registration mail.

The meeting on June 21st 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 21st.

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. If you would like to attend the meeting, please send us this registration mail.

The confirmed speakers for the meeting on June 21st are:

•  Lucia Colombo, University of Milan                             

•  Ueli Grossniklaus, University of Zürich

•  Jan Kirschner, Czech Academy of Sciences

•  Olivier Leblanc, Université de Montpellier

•  Peggy Ozias-Akins, University of Georgia


•  Silvina Pessino, Universidad de Rosario

•  Arp Schnittger, University of Hamburg

•  Matthew Tucker, University of Adelaide

•  Peter Van Dijk, KeyGene, Wageningen

•  Kitty Vijverberg, Wageningen University

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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If you would like to attend the meeting, please send us this registration mail

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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)