W080Strengthening the Link Between Musa Genomics and Genetic Resource Applications through Characterization, Evaluation, Conservation and Data Management
Time: 12:10 PM
The vision of the draft revised Global Strategy for the Conservation and Use of Musa Genetic Resources is a world in which Musa genetic resources diversity is secured, valued and used to support livelihoods through sustainable production. The Strategy builds upon existing strengths in the national, regional and global collections by bringing people together to conserve, add value and promote the use and safe distribution of a wide range of Musagenetic diversity as the foundation for further breeding and direct use by farmers. To support the implementation of the Strategy, a collaborative framework, MusaNet, was put into place.
Genomic tools can realize many of the above activities, including the application of molecular characterization (e.g. SSR/DArTs/GBS); new transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics methods for high-throughput phenotyping; subsequent gap filling of collections through more precise taxonomic classification; and the availability of an integrated suite of databases and bioinformatic platforms.
Many of these tools are already utilized by MusaNet members and the Global Musa Genomics Consortium (GMGC) has been formally represented in the MusaNet Expert Committee since 2011. Such collaboration needs to be further developed in the second phase of genomics research.