Brewing ideas: A Week of AB InBev Collaboration

We were delighted to host two groups from our long-time partner, AB InBev, in a single week.

On September 19th, we welcomed ten participants from the South African 2023 AB InBev Internship programme along with Mr. Tobie van Rensburg. We introduced them to the role of molecular genetics in breeding through an interactive session, emphasizing the importance of a holistic approach to crop improvement involving plant breeding, pathology, agronomy, molecular biology, and more.

We also had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Austin Case, Senior Manager of Global Barley Breeding at AB InBev in Fort Collins, USA, along with our local colleagues from SABBI and AB InBev. We discussed collaborative projects and learned from Dr. Case’s experience in integrating bioinformatics with conventional plant breeding to expedite the selection of complex traits like yield.

During these visits, we showcased our new seed cutter prototype, developed through the DIPLOMICS-funded Seed-based Genotyping project. This instrument streamlines seed testing by cutting seeds in half for molecular analysis, reducing greenhouse costs and space requirements. We appreciate our AB InBev colleagues’ visits and look forward to our ongoing collaboration.

Mr Rens van der Watt, Dr Austin Case, Mr Daniel de Klerk and Ms Kelly Breeds (CenGen) with the seed cutter prototype.
The group of AB InBev interns with Mr Tobie van Rensburg and CenGen staff.