Climate Change and ICRCGC 1

International Climate Resilient Crop Genomics Consortium (ICRCGC) organized five international workshops on Climate Change and ICRCGC during the International Conference on the Status of Plant and Animal Genome Research 2012, 2013 and 2014. Another International Workshop was also organized with the theme of Genomics and Breeding of Climate Resilient Crops for Future Food Security during the 6th International Crop Science Congress held in Brazil in 2012. In these six workshops, the talks by the speakers focused on the concepts, strategies, tools and techniques of genomics for combating and mitigating the drastic effects of climate change on agriculture followed by comprehensive discussions. The Founder Principal Coordinator of ICRCGC has almost completed editing of a White Paper contributed by its several members for publication in a leading journal. We believe, it is high time now for formulation of a precise plan of action for collaborative research and extension to employ genomics and breeding for developing climate smart crop varieties. For this purpose, during the two workshops to be held during the International Conference on the Status of Plant and Animal Genome Research at San Diego, CA on January 10 (4:00 – 6:10 PM) and January 11 (1:30 – 3:40 PM), 2015, we will have comprehensive deliberations among ICRCGC members and the scientists from public and private sectors and funding agencies, and also policy makers to prepare a template for submitting grant proposals.
Date: Saturday, January 10, 2015
Time: 4:00 PM-6:10 PM
Room: Golden Ballroom
Chittaranjan Kole
5:00 PM
Developing Crop Varieties with Improved Nutrient-Use Efficiency
David A. Lightfoot, Southern Illinois University

5:20 PM
Advances in the Breeding and Genetics of Heat Tolerance to Alleviate the Effects of Climate Change, with a Focus on Common Bean
Timothy Porch, USDA-ARS Tropical Agriculture Research Station; Angela M. Linares, USDA-ARS; Juan Carlos Rosas, Escuela Agricola Panamericana; Damaris Santana, University of Puerto Rico; John Hart, USDA-ARS Tropical Agriculture Research Station; Phillip Griffiths, Cornell University; James Beaver, University of Puerto Rico

5:40 PM
Uncovering Major and Minor QTLs Generating Natural Variation in Heading Date Among Asian Rice Cultivars
Kiyosumi Hori, National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences; Masahiro Yano, National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences

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