Climate Change and ICRCGC 2

International Climate Resilient Crop Genomics Consortium (ICRCGC) organized three international workshops on Climate Change and ICRCGC during the International Conference on the Status of Plant and Animal Genome Research 2012 and 2013. 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 four 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 ICRCGC members have almost completed the draft of a White Paper 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 11 (4:00 – 6:10 PM) and January 12 (1:30 – 3:40 PM), 2014, we will have comprehensive deliberations among members of ICRCGC and the scientists from public and private sectors and funding agencies, and also policy makers to prepare a template for submitting grant proposals.
Date: Sunday, January 11, 2015
Time: 1:30 PM-3:40 PM
Room: Pacific Salon 2
Chittaranjan Kole
1:30 PM
Using Whole-Genome Sequences for Breeding Climate Resilient Cereals
Jane Rogers, International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium; Catherine Feuillet, Bayer CropScience; Jan E. Leach, Colorado State University; Angela Records, USAID/BFS/ARP; Elodie Rey, Institute of Experimental Botany AS CR; Kellye Eversole, Eversole Associates

1:50 PM
Developing Crop Varieties with Genome Plasticity
Jauhar Ali, PBGB, International Rice Research Institute

2:10 PM
Designing Flowering Times for Climate Optimized Grain and Energy Sorghum Crops
John Mullet, Texas A&M University; Daryl Morishige, Texas A&M University; William Rooney, Texas A&M University; Rebecca Murphy, Centenary College; Shanshan Yang, Texas A&M Unviversity

2:30 PM
Mining Climate Smart Genes from Allied Gene Pools
Michael Abberton, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

2:50 PM
CO2 Sequestration to Mitigate Effects of Climate Change
Leland J. Cseke, The University of Alabama in Huntsville

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