Global Challenges Require Global Solutions

Global challenges require global solutions: How to harness diversity to increase agriculture productivity?

Building off of the earlier session on Climate Change and ICRCGC session (14 January 8:00-10:10am), this session will focus on how we can accelerate the development and delivery of varieties that can withstand environmental variability by harnessing diversity. By “diversity” we are referring to only genetic diversity of crop accessions but also to the diversity of tools, breeding methodologies, disciplines, agroecologies and partnerships within which innovation is transformed into impact in farmers’ fields. The second hour will focus on addressing critical questions related to constraints on the use of genetic resources, framework to gage progress and optimize strategies to introduce genetic diversity, enhancing partnership with the private sector and incentives funding agencies should use to stimulate the utilization of genetic resources to serve the needs of farmers.

David Bergvinson(Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) and Chittaranjan Kole(Clemson University)
Date: Sunday, January 15, 2012
Time: 1:30 PM-3:40 PM
Room: Towne
Michael Abberton
2:00 PM
Developing Green Super Rice by Exploiting the Hidden Genetic Diversity of the Primary Gene Pool of Rice
Zhi-Kang Li, Institute of Crop Sciences, Chinese Academy of Agri Sci; Qifa Zhang, Huazhong Agricultural Univ.; Lijun Luo, Shanghai Agro-biological Gene Center; Jahuar Ali, International Rice Research Institute; Jianlong Xu, Institute of Crop Sciences, Chinese Academy of Agri Sci; Yongming Gao, Institute of Crop Sciences, Chinese Academy of Agri Sci

2:15 PM
Phenotyping Strategies to Mine Genetic Resources
Abdelbagi Ismail, International Rice Research Institute

2:30 PM
Discussion on the Way Forward to Harness Genetic Resources for Crop Adaptation to Climate Change
Chittaranjan Kole, Clemson University; Robert Henry, The University of Queensland; Roberto Tuberosa, DISTA - University of Bologna; Phil Simon, USDA-ARS and University of Wisconsin-Madison

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