12.00 Registration and coffee
12.30 Bewley Lecture: Comparative Genomics of Disease Resistance in Plants, Particularly Lettuce - Professor Richard Michelmore, The Genome Centre, University of California, USA
13.25 Presentation by Jeremy Sayers CBE, Chairman, GCRI Trust
13.30 Lunch
14.30 Controlling the Growth of Bedding Plants with Nutrition - Dr Debbie Fuller, Research Fellow, Warwick HRI
14.50 Digital Image Analysis for Glasshouse Ornamental Crops - Rodney Edmondson, Senior Research Fellow, Warwick HRI
15.10 The Phylogenetics of Domestication - Dr Robin Allaby, Assistant Professor, Warwick HRI
15.30 Automating Mushroom Picking - Dr Ken Young, Associate Professor (Reader), Warwick Manufacturing Group
15.50 Questions to the Speakers
16.00 Coffee
16.15 Optional site tour of Warwick HRI

The Bewley lecture is sponsored by the GCRI Trust

If you would like to attend the event please contact Jeanette Horton - telephone 024 7657 4455 or email
For further information about the GCRI Trust please contact Dr Kerry Burton - telephone 024 7657 4455 or email

The 12th GCRI Trust Bewley Lecture

Warwick HRI is delighted to be hosting the 12th GCRI Trust Bewley Lecture on Friday 20 April 2007 at Warwick HRI Wellesbourne.

Professor Richard Michelmore - Comparative Genomics of Disease Resistance in Plants, Particularly Lettuce
The Genome Center, University of California, Davis, USA

Plants devote a significant part of their genome to defense against pests and pathogens. Genomic approaches are providing powerful tools to understand the genetic basis of resistance in plants and the virulence determinants of pathogens. Significant progress is being made in understanding the molecular basis of specificity between plants and potential pathogens as well as the genetic changes that occur during the co-evolution of plant and pathogen populations.

The current challenge is how to use this information to provide more durable disease resistance. Richard Michelmore carried out his undergraduate and PhD studies at the University of Cambridge. He is currently the Novozymes Inc. Endowed Chair in Genomics in the Department of Vegetable Crops University of California, Davis and Director, UC Davis Genome Center. He is the leading researcher in the field of lettuce genomics and genetics.

The GCRI Trust Bewley lectures were established in 1978, following the official opening of the Bewley Conference Hall at the Glasshouse Crops Research Institute, Littlehampton. The GCRI series, relaunched in 1997 at Horticulture Research International (now Warwick HRI), continues to highlight important advances in horticultural science.