Climate Change and ICRCGC 2

International Climate Resilient Crop Genomics Consortium (www.ICRCGC.org) was founded in 2011 to formulate the concepts, strategies, tools and techniques to develop climate-smart crop varieties. Its missions includes utilization of the available genomic resources, particularly in the wild crop relatives, and the advanced tools of genomics, specifically next-generation sequencing. ICRCGC organized seven wroksops during the PAG conference in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015; one woekshop in collaboration with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation during the PAG conference in 2012, and one conference in collaboration with International Society of Crop Science held at Brazil in 2012. During these nine workshops, the deliberations were focused on the basic, 'translational' and participatory research and well as deliberations on future priorities. Meantime, a team of ICRCGC members has published a review entiled 'Application of genomics-assisted breeding for generation of climate resilient crops: progress and prospects' (Front. Plant Sci. 6:563. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.00563) as an outcome of the white paper drafted by the ICRCGC members (http://www.icrcgc.org/white_paper.html). In paralell, a number of other platforms with crop or geographic focus have been constituted with similar goals as the ICRCGC. Improved synergy, efficiency and outcomes seems likely if the work of these separate groups can be coordinated. The three workshops of Climate Change and ICRCGC I, II and III during PAG 2016 will aim at forging and fostering collaboration of the crop-wise, trait-wise and region-wise collaboration and interaction among academia, funding agencies and policy makers to architect the C5 platform.
Date: Sunday, January 10, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM-12:40 PM
Room: Pacific Salon 2
Chittaranjan Kole
Jeffrey D. Ehlers
10:50 AM
Climate Change and Orphan Crops in West Africa
Michael Abberton, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

11:10 AM
Climate-Smart Cowpea Breeding for Sub-Saharan Africa
Philip A. Roberts, Department of Nematology, University of California - Riverside

11:30 AM
Towards the Development of Climate-Smart Crops for Africa
Francesca Stomeo, BecA-ILRI Hub; Sita Ghimire, BecA-ILRI Hub; Jagger Harvey, BecA-ILRI Hub; Nasser Yao, BecA-ILRI Hub; Josiah Mutuku, BecA-ILRI Hub; Tilly Eldridge, BecA-ILRI Hub; Josephine Birungi, BecA-ILRI Hub; Appolinaire Djikeng, BecA-ILRI Hub

11:50 AM
Deploying Stress Tolerant Rice Varieties Helps Farmers Cope with Climate Change Adversities
Abdelbagi M. Ismail, International Rice Research Institute; Uma S. Singh, International Rice Research Institute; Endang M. Septiningsih, International Rice Research Institute; Damien J. Platten, International Rice Research Institute; R. K Singh, International Rice Research Institute; David J. Mackill, UCD

12:10 PM
Comprehensive Understanding of Crop Phytobiomes is Critical for Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change
Kellye Eversole, Eversole Associates; Jan E. Leach, Colorado State University; Gwyn A. Beattie, Iowa State University

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