IRTG 2843 – Accelerating Crop Genetic Gain – is an International Research Training Group between Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU, Germany) and The University of Queensland (UQ, Australia), funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
Germany's Federal Julius Kühn Institute for Crop Plant Research (JKI) and Hochschule Geisenheim University (HGU) are associated partners.
ACGG research and training concept
Individually, rapid technical advances in multiple scientific fields – for example genome sequencing, high-resolution digital phenotyping, artificial intelligence or gene editing – offer considerable potential as partial solutions for breeders to better understand crop adaptation and increase genetic gain for performance under suboptimal conditions. PhD projects in IRTG 2843 Accelerating Crop genetic Gain (ACGG) are applying different combinations of innovative breeding technologies to collectively improve genetic gain in important crop species.
ACGG students receive broad, interdisciplinary training in diverse crop breeding technologies, acquiring skills to help them develop and apply modern breeding methods to accelerate genetic gain for crop performance and adaptation.