28/08/2018 TRAINING 623
Plant Phenotyping & Trait Discovery and Bioinformatics Workshop
23 - 25th August 2018
August 2018 23-25 three days of workshops by British Council funded workshop organised by the University of Nottingham - High Agricultural Technology Research Institute for Mekong delta  held at the Fortumer Land  hotel in Can Tho city with  75 officers from the ĐBSCL province  and in Ho Chi Minh City.
The Mekong delta is VietNam’s main rice producing area, accounting for half of the country’s annual rice production. The Delta’s rice land use is divided into agro-hydrological zones that are controlled by hydrology, especially drought frequency and salinity regimes. Over the last 30 years Vietnamese farmers have been adapting to changing environmental conditions by modifying and diversifying their production systems and water management. However significant constraints limit the ability of farmers to adapt to the new hydrological regimes. These constraints include; the availability of suitable cultivars, soil nutrient management options, a lack of knowledge of the potential threats from acid sulphate soil inundation and also the lack of suitable planning tools.
The objectives for this workshop were identified as areas of mutual training need following a British Council funded workshop organised by the University of Nottingham - High Agricultural Technology Research Institute for Mekong delta workshop last year (Sept 2017). It aims to extend the links, training and collaborationinitiated between UoN, HATRI,focussing on two key areas identified in the previous workshop i) the use of phenotyping, trait screeningandalsorice growth and production in Vietnamii) Bioinformatics tools and their application for gene discovery. The workshop aims tohelp facilitate collaborations, build capacity and enable implementation of new techniques to identify traits for drought and salt tolerance with an end goal of generating new stress tolerant rice for the Mekong Delta region. This will facilitate collaborative research opportunities for VietNam and UK scientists and aims to provide farmers and management agencies with the technologies and knowledge that will improve food security in the Mekong Delta and VietNam more generally.
  • Todiscuss and provide reciprocal training in Practical Techniques for Rice Cultivation, Production and Phenotyping.
  • To provide bioinformatics training and opportunities for in silico analysis of traits and genes.
  • To discusscurrent issues facing practical implementation of new technologies and their ‘real world’ context.
  • To help support training leading on from our previous workshop to address skills deficiencies inUK and Vietnamese Researchers.
  • To foster deep collaborations for future research activities.
  1. The overall aim is to increase the adaptive capacity of rice production systems in the Mekong Delta Region to enable high, resilient, crop yields.

  2. To provide researchers, farmers and management agencies with the technologies and knowledge that will improve food security in the Mekong Delta.
  3. To develop new field phenotyping technologies in the Mekong Delta provinces to identify traits for salt and drought tolerance in rice.

  4. To develop collaborations that will lead to trait characterisation for resistance to abiotic stresses and enable effective deployment of these traits into breeding materials.
  5. To develop capacity for effective Marker-Assisted Breeding programmes in the Mekong Delta Region to assist in delivery of the new traits.

  6. Facilitate collaborations for future joint research activities between the UK and Viet Nam.
  7. To begin long-term scientific engagement of workshop participants for the good of both countries.
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Figure 1: Prof. Zoe A Wilsonfrom NotthingHam university tell about objectives for this workshop /training (photo by Lang)
In three days of training officers to hear reports of rice plant Phenotype: Phenotyping approaches for photosynthesis and canopy architecture traits for enhanced yield. Canopy and Crop Modeling due to Dr. Erik Murchie presented. Phenotyping approaches for flowering and crop fertility targeting resilience to variable environmental conditions by prof. ZoeA Wilson presented. Phenotyping approaches for root architecture targeting enhanced resource use efficiencyand Trait analysis – CRISPR; Transgenic approaches by Dr. RanjanSwarup. Phenotyping approaches for root anatomical features targeting enhanced resource use efficiency. Application of GWAS and mapping for trait discovery by Dr. Rahul Bhosale. Genome Databases - Tools for Arabidopsis and Crops - Comparative analysis toolsby  Prof. Zoe A Wilson/Dr. RanjanSwarup/ Dr. Rahul Bhosale/. Screening for abiotic stress resilience. Ways of working together for trait discovery, characterization and deployment. Prof. Zoe A Wilson/ Dr. Erik Murchie presented
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Figure 2: Scientists from NotthingHam discussion and awnser some questions (Photo by Lang)
For VietNamese have four reports: Screening for abiotic stress: in the Viet Nam and GGT safware due to Pro Nguyen Thi Lang (HATRI) and maker assited selection on drought tolerance by Dr. Pham Thi Thu Ha (Ton Duc Thang University). Basics bioinformatic by Dr. Khang and Thi (Can Tho University).
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Figure 3: Groups discussion (Photo by Lang)
Ways forward for collaborative research in the Conference has divided 4 groups to 5 questions focus breakout session phenotyping/ trait discoveryquestions to think about
  • What are the traits that you are working on?
  • What approaches are you currently using?
  • What are the limitations?
  • How can new developments help to improve delivery?
  • What are the limitations for deploying new approaches?
Closing training/ workshop by Prof. Nguyen Thi Lang
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Figure 4: Prof. Nguyen Thi Lang close the program (Photo by Phuong)
“We have passed three days to join the workshop on developing Abiotic stress tolerance in rice based on Phenotyping and trait discovery and bioinformatics. We welcomne 75 scientist from 13 province and Ho Chi Minh City attent this training / workshop .We very much appreciate your kind paticipation to enrich our discussion, our knowledge sharing, enthusiatically. We are very grapteful for the kind support by Prof Zoe Willson and her Collegues from Nothtingham University. They took from very far discance to VietNam, in particular Mekong delta, to share the innovative approaches on molecular biology and bioinformatics , interestingly. We have leraned from Nottingham University scientisrs ther novel potputs on: Genomics, Phenotyping beased on Modern tools as robots and programming apparatus to apply in anatomy, morphology under abiotics stress as heat, sality, drought, genoe editing. We have acceesed the bioinformatic tools as eFP, Gramene, NASC, TAIR, to research the target genes.
To digest innediately the introduction it is not avaible right now, but we hope that is a good opporturity to understand the way to shorten our achievenments on rice breeding program in Mekong delta. We would appreciate very much if you could look for a future cooperation mutually to strenghthen our scientific manpower.
Suggested cooperation with direction to the University of NotthingHam about issues thank you University of Nottingham Union for much valuable knowledge about appreciating phenotype meaning for selective plant enabling the two parties to share experience of research the results of scientific research. Focused on special crops paddy on the Phenotype and genotype of construction analysis and applications "GWAS" for the detection of the specification rice developed the new technology market and create conditions for active cooperation in future joint research between Britain and Vietnam Regularly held scientific conferences to exchange with scientists between the two countries. Sent to junior science officer The University Nothing (United Kingdom) supplementary study time from 3-6 months for jop trianing”.
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Figure 5: Groups meeting in Can Tho (photo by Cong)
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