I International Symposium on Tropical Plant Breeding

Perennial crop breeding is one of the most important but difficult to achieve. Due to the high heterozygosity and the long duration that it takes for improvement, it is a difficult material to handle. The assessment of genetic diversity of fruit crops is an important step in breeding since a diverse range of plant material including landraces; modern cultivars, crop wild relatives and other wild species are available as the starting material. In recent times conventional breeding coupled with the use of biotechnological tools has helped in achieving desirable results. Marker assisted selections are becoming a handy tool in the improvement programs everywhere. Creation of variability, the basic platform on which the breeding program is taken up has become easy with mutagenic, genomics and gene expression studies. New vistas are getting opened up due to this progress. Much work needs to be done in tropical fruit crops, keeping the earlier studies as the basis. This would help the researchers everywhere engaged in fruit breeding to chalk out a new course for the improvement programs. This ultimately would result in the development of varieties with better quality, tolerant to biotic and abiotic stresses.


  1. Genetic diversity and parentage validation
  2. Marker assisted selections
  3. In vitro multiplication, mutation, somaclonal variation
  4. Genetics, markers and QTLs
  5. Genomics, gene expression
  6. Breeding for new varieties


PhotographdineshDr. M. R. Dinesh

Dr. Dinesh had his B.Sc (Hort), M.Sc (Hort) and Phd in Pomology with specialisation in fruit breeding from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore. Joined the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research as Scientist and he is presently working as Principal Scientist and heading the ‘Division of Fruit Crops’. He has 28 years of experience in the breeding of fruit crops viz., mango, guava and papaya. Over the years he has helped in the establishment of mango and guava ‘Field Genebank’ with a collection comprising of 675 varieties of mango and 70 varieties of guava. He has developed one hybrid in guava, two advanced generation gynodioecious hybrids in papaya. Read more…

Image of Dr Lee Wen-LiDr Lee Wen-Li

is the Associate Horticulturist and head of Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute, Fengshan Branch, where he has worked since 1992. He holds a doctoral degree from National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan and a master’s degree from the National Taiwan University, Taiwan. His research highlights include pomology, especially papaya, passionfruit and mango and biotechnology, including plant tissue culture. He currently holds the Executive Secretary position on the Fruit Science and Technology Promotion Team and is a convenor for both the Papaya Technical Service Group and the Mango Technical Service Group.

photo-SongpolDr. Songpol Somsri

had his B.Sc (Hort), M.Sc (Hort) from kasetsart University  Bangkok, Thailand and Phd in Land and Food (Plant breeding and Biotechnology) from The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia  with specialisation in fruit breeding and conservation such as Durian, Papaya, Citrus, Pomelo, Rambutan, Mangoetc. He joined the Horticulture Research Institute, Department of Agriculture, Thailand as Agricultural Scientist and he is presently working as DOA Senior Advisory in Plant Production and Chief of Senior Expert. Read more…

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International Symposia on Tropical and Temperate Horticulture