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Scientific Programme

The Scientific programme of the 20th Triennial Conference of the EAPR will be built on the frame sentence:
“Potato facing global challenges”


Indeed, various constraints are exerted worldwide (climate change, population growth, environmental and societal concerns ....) to which potato needs to adapt!

The conference aims to develop an inventory of sustainable solutions already available but also to present the latest advances in research for new solutions.

This will be obtained through a complete and a well-designed programme organised with plenary sessions of keynote lectures, parallel thematic sessions of oral presentations or poster comments completed with mini-workshops.

Keynote lectures (in alpha order):


Didier ANDRIVON (France)
Scientific advances of the conference
(Friday 14th July 2017)

Philippe BARET (Belgium)
Acceptance of innovation
(Friday 14th July 2017) 

Marc DE FERRIERE (France) 
The potato: a long history to fit our contemporary world
(Monday 10th July 2017 - 09:30 - 10:00)

Hans Martin DREYER (FAO)
Towards Sustainable Potato Production: Partnering to Support Family Farmers in Africa
(Monday 10th July 2017 - 10:00 - 10:30)

Timothy GEORGE (UK) 
Climate change and impact on the crop - Tolerance to abiotic stresses (water, salt, temperature) and water Management
(Monday 10th July 2017 - 10:30 - 11:00)

Corné KEMPENAAR (The Netherlands)
Producing differently - managing the crop increasingly close (precision farming, DSS …), more and more accurate sensors and machines
(Tuesday 11th July 2017 - 08:30 - 09:00)

Teresa MOSQUERA (Colombia) 
Breeding differently - The participative selection – example in Colombia
(Thursday 13th July 2017 - 09:30 - 10:00)

Bernard QUERE (France) 
Seeds for the Future: the challenges for potato
(Tuesday 11th July 2017 - 10:00 - 10:30)

Peter ROGOWSKY (France) 
CRISPR-CAS9 technology in plant science
(Thursday 13th July 2017 - 09:00 - 09:30)

Potato research in Africa to improve farmers livelihoods.- Priorities in crop improvement , seed system, crop management,  nutritional value, policies and marketing
(Monday 10th July 2017 - 12:00 - 12:30)

Tony SLATER (Australia) 
Breeding differently - The digital revolution: high throughput phenotyping and genotyping
(Thursday 13th July 2017 - 08:30 - 09:00)

Nicolas SZYDLOWSKI (France) 
Potato: a multi-faceted product - Segmentation markets and added value: Non-food Usages
(Tuesday 11th July 2017 - 09:30 - 10:00)

Nathalie VERJUX (France) 
Integrated Plant Protection in Potato Crop
(Tuesday 11th July 2017 - 09:00 - 09:30)

Robert VERNON (Canada) 
Which is the consequence on the potato crop of the evolution of the production environment (climate change, regulatory and trade globalization …). Example of emerging pests: emergence factors, characteristic examples, development simulations (mapping)…
(Monday 10th July 2017 - 11:30 - 12:00)

WORKSHOPS - Tuesday 11th July 2017

  • Workshop 1 -  Seed for future
    14:00 – 16:00 | Amphitheatre Richelieu
    Chair: Yves Le Hingrat
  • Workshop 2 - Biocontrol 
    14:00 - 16:00 | Room Lulli
    Chairs: Prof. Claude BRAGARD, Dr Peter KROMAN 
  • Workshop 3 - Relationship with the industry 
    14:00 - 16:00 | Room Colbert / Montesquieu
    Chairs :André Devaux, Jean Pierre Goffart



All the current themes interesting the potato production in which the EAPR sections are involved (i.e agronomy and physiology, breeding and varietal assessment, post-harvest, pathology and pests, virology) are open for submissions. However, the wish of the scientific committee is also to organize them according to the major and strategic orientations listed below:


- Climate change and impact on crop:

  • Emerging pests, tolerance to biotic stress
  • Tolerance to abiotic stresses (water, salt, heat, cold ...)
  • Evolution / displacement of production areas

- To produce and breed differently:

  • To produce closer to the plant needs (precision farming, DSS, ...)
  • Bio-control: solutions that are expanding
  • The digital revolution: high throughput phenotyping and genotyping
  • GM, TPS, participatory breeding

- Sustainable Resource Management:

  • Genetic resources for a sustainable potato production
  • Sustainable management of soil fertility
  • Pests and integrated plant protection 
  • Sustainable water management
  • Maintaining an healthy situation in front of globalization: regulations as tools to preserve the potential of potato production

- Population growth and food security:

  • European cooperation actions
  • Positioning potato  vs other arable crops (maize, rice, wheat, sorghum)
  • Nutrition and health

- Market segmentation and added value:

  • Comparison between the European model and the rest of the world
  • Acceptance of innovation 
  • Non-food use