ISSCT Okinawa, Japan, 22 to 26 October 2018
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Workshops theme, topics and language

The Breeding & Germplasm and Molecular Biology Sections of The International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (ISSCT) will jointly hold the 12th Germplasm & Breeding Workshop and 9th Molecular Biology Workshop in Okinawa, Japan. The theme will be “Improvement of sugarcane for stress environments”.

The Workshops represent an opportunity to discuss all related topics on sugarcane breeding and biotechnology research. We would like to encourage all participants to give a presentation in connection with the theme of the workshops.

The workshop will cover a wide range of topics related to sugarcane improvement, sugarcane genetics, genome structure, molecular breeding and transgenic approaches including:

Breeding and selection strategies & methodologies

  • Introgression, germplasm
  • Sugar, biomass, bioenergy, other traits
  • Multi-locational selection (G x E interactions)
  • Breeders’ and variety rights
  • Hybridization facilities, techniques
  • Biometrical tools, Breeding databases
  • Marginal environments, drought tolerance, waterlogging, salinity
  • Resilience to climate change

Genetic and genome analysis

  • Genome structure and diversity
  • Association mapping and QTL analysis
  • Genomic selection
  • Bioinformatics tools and databases


  • Genetic manipulation (sugar, energy content, disease resistance, drought tolerance)
  • Deployment of transgenic varieties

The Workshops will be conducted in English.