Harnessing Genetic Diversity to Advance Food Security

Addressing the challenge of providing sufficient safe and nutritious food to the world’s growing population, while conserving the environment and helping farmers adapt to the impacts of climate change, will require unprecedented increases in agricultural production and productivity in the next 40 years. This symposium will highlight current strategies to utilize genetic diversity in crops and livestock in order to address challenges in food security. Presentations will highlight the latest developments in genomics, advanced molecular tools, and molecular breeding in the context of international development efforts.
Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Time: 1:30 PM-3:40 PM
Room: Sunrise - Meeting House
Lindsay Parish and Saharah Moon Chapotin
Lindsay Parish
1:30 PM
Harnessing Genetic Diversity to Advance Food Security
Lindsay Parish, U.S. Agency for International Development

1:35 PM
Ecological Genomics at Chickpea's Center of Origin: Mining Wild Crop Relatives for Climate Resilience and Nitrogen Fixation for Crop Improvement in the Developing World
R. Varma Penmetsa, University of California Davis; Alex Greenspan, University of California; Noelia Carrasquilla, University of California-Davis; Eleanor A. Siler, Michigan State University; Janna L. Rose, Florida International University; Asnake Fikre, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research; Rajeev Varshney, ICRISAT; Maren Friesen, Michigan State University; Sergey Nuzhdin, University of Southern California; Bekir Bukun, Dicle University; Jens D. Berger, Plant Industry, CSIRO; Abdullah Kahriman, Harran University; Eric von Wettberg, Florida International University; Douglas R. Cook, University of California

2:00 PM
Harnessing Sorghum Diversity to Advance Food Security
Andrew H. Paterson, Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory, University of Georgia; T. Stan Cox, The Land Institute

2:25 PM
Harnessing Genetic Diversity to Protect World Wheat from Stem Rust
Rick Ward, CIMMYT Global Wheat Program, Plant Pathology, U of MN; Robert L. Bowden, USDA-ARS; Marcia S. Chaves, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation - Embrapa; Tom Fetch, Agriculture and Agri Food Canada; Makhdoom Hussain, Wheat Research Institute, AARI; Yue Jin, USDA-ARS Cereal disease laboratory; Robert Park, The University of Sydney; Thomas Payne, CIMMYT- International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre; Indu Sharma, Directorate of Wheat Research, ICAR; Michael Pumphrey, Washington State University; Zakkie A Pretorius, University of the Free State; Matthew N Rouse, USDA-ARS Cereal disease laboratory; Ravi P. Singh, CIMMYT; Brian J. Steffenson, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Minnesota; Les J. Szabo, USDA-ARS, University of Minnesota; Steven S. Xu, USDA-ARS

2:50 PM
Poultry Genetic Diversity and International Food Security
Susan J. Lamont, Iowa State University

3:15 PM
Genebanks as a Mechanism for Harnessing Animal Genetic Resources for Food Security
Harvey Blackburn, National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation, USDA

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