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The Global Plant Council (GPC) is a coalition of national, regional and international societies and affiliates representing plant, crop and agricultural and environmental sciences across the globe.
The GPC seeks to bring together all those involved in plant and crop research, education and training, to facilitate the development of plant science for global challenges such as world hunger, energy, climate change, health and well-being, sustainability and environmental protection.
With the onset of climate change and changes in irrigation, adapting food crops to grow in diverse environments could help feed the world. Now University of California, Davis (USA), scientists are leading a major new project, funded by the National Science Foundation with $4.1 million over five years, to study genetic adaptation to different environments in maize.
A team of researchers led by the University of Birmingham (UK) warns that without significant improvements in technology, global crop yields are likely to fall in the areas currently used for production of the world’s three major cereal crops, forcing production to move to new areas.
This symposium, which is co-organized by B-Debate, the Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics and the COST Proteostasis action, aims to identify current challenges and to seek solutions for bridging the gap between knowledge and innovation that may have an impact in the transition from a dependence on fossil-derived products to a sustainable bioeconomy.
A one-stop networking and learning opportunity to look at the current state of the art of Genomic Selection in Crop Breeding Programs around the World. This event aims at bringing together European, North-African, and other International scientists with a strong focus in genomic selection. The floor will be shared by breeders, biometricians, and biotechnolgists with experiences in various crops. Wheat, durum, legumes, maize, and barley will be used as major examples, but all crops will be considered part of the discussion. The organizers aim is to develop an environment to promote discussions among the participants and ensure that networking is a key outcome. The final piece is the inclusion of market experts to help crop breeders develop economic selection indexes to be deployed in genomic selection algorithms.