15/12/22- Applying CRISPR/Cas to plants: From Gene Editing to Chromosome Engineering

15/12/22- Applying CRISPR/Cas to plants: From Gene Editing to Chromosome Engineering

The ciopora Breeding academY 2022:

Applying CRiSpR/CAS to Plants: From Gene Editing to Chromosome engineering

The CIOPORA Breeding Academy is an education program designed specifically for plant breeders and R&D departments of the breeding companies. It provides advanced training in the latest breeding technologies, including New Breeding Techniques (NBT).

Date & Sessions

Average session duration: approx. 75 min

Session 1: Dec 15, 2022 - 9 am CET

Recommended for participants from Europe, Africa, Middle-East, Asia, Australia, New Zealand

8 am London
9 am CET/Europe (Speaker’s time zone)
4 pm Beijing, CN
7 pm Sydney, AUS
9 pm Wellington, NZ


Session 2: Dec 15, 2022 - 6 pm CET

Recommended for participants from Europe, Africa and the Americas

9 am US Pacific
11 am US Central
12 pm US Eastern
12 pm Bogotá
6 pm CET/Europe (Speaker’s time zone)



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What will i learn?

Prof. Dr. Holger Puchta

Prof. Dr. Holger Puchta

Prof. Dr. Holger Puchta
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Holger Puchta is director of the Botanical Institute and holds since 2002 the Chair of Plant Molecular Biology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany. He studied biochemistry at the universities of Tübingen and Munich. After being a research fellow at the Friedrich-Miescher-Institute in Basel he was a group leader at the IPK in Gatersleben. He was worldwide the first scientist to demonstrate that molecular scissors can be applied to induce different kinds of controlled change in plant genomes and one of the leading scientists adopting the CRISPR/Cas technology to plants. Recently his group was able to achieve another important breakthrough for breeding: CRISPR/Cas mediated plant chromosome engineering. For his work on plant genome engineering, he was named “Pioneer of Plant Biotechnology” by the Plant Biotechnology Journal. He is a highly cited researcher and was awarded twice with the prestigious advanced grant of the European Research Council.

Webinar Syllabus: Different kinds of changes can be induced in plant genomes by the use of molecular scissors. The induced double-strand breaks can be repaired by non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) or homologous recombination. Progress of efficient plant-adopted CRISPR/Cas systems for both pathways will be presented. Breeding also requires the breaking or establishing of genetic linkages. We were able to change genetic linkages by inducing NHEJ-mediated heritable translocations between heterologous chromosome arms in Arabidopsis. Natural inversions occur with high frequency and lead to crossover suppression. We could now show that reverting a natural inversion can target meiotic crossovers into a region that was inaccessible for genetic exchange before. Moreover, by inducing a heritable inversion covering 9/10 of the length of a chromosome we were also able to achieve CO suppression over such a long distance. Our results demonstrate that the restructuring of plant genomes by chromosome engineering has the potential to revolutionize plant breeding.

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About the WEbinar program

In November 2019, the CIOPORA Academy education program on IP for plants was expanded with the distance learning offerings in form of Webinars. Each webinar is conducted in two sessions to cover all time zones, enabling participation from all locations worldwide.

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Contact us

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to:
Katrin Huhnholz, the CIOPORA Academy Program Manager