Benjamin Kilian, Global Crop Diversity Trust, Germany
Benjamin Kilian is a scientist and project manager, and in charge of all pre-breeding projects at the Global Crop Diversity Trust. Benjamin has a particular interest in exploring ways in which crop wild relatives and landrace diversity can be used in breeding programs more effectively by better linking genebanks to breeders. Benjamin has studied Biology at the University of Jena, Germany and completed his PhD training at the University of Duesseldorf and at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIPZ), Cologne, Germany. He has led various research projects at the Leibniz Institute for Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Gatersleben, Germany on genetics and genomics of plant genetic resources, especially in wheat and barley and their wild relatives. Subsequently, Benjamin worked in the private sector aiming at making crop diversity available to breeding. His scientific interest focuses on the domestication, conservation and use of agrobiodiversity, and the role it can play for sustainable development and food security.