Bridging the World through Horticulture

S1- Plant Genetic Resources: Sustainable Management and Utilization for Food, Nutrition and Environmental Security (5th International Symposium)

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Globally, under the present scenario of increasing climate change and volatility, conservation of endangered germplasm and food and nutritional security have become some of the most important issues among various forums and scientific discussions. Besides the every growing necessity to raise crop productivity to feed the world's growing population, the climate change situation is becoming increasingly urgent. New thinking, new ideas, etc. must be developed quickly. With the world's climate changing rapidly, there is no doubt that agriculture and germplasm conservation systems will need to change with it. And to keep pace with an unpredictable environment, the future agriculture will increasingly depend on all available methods for crop improvement, from classical breeding to genetic modification in the laboratory. The importance of plant genetic resources (PRG) has been highlighted time and again for the future safety of mankind. There is a great urgency to have new technologies that can conserve and characterize the collections and dramatically increase the spectrum of conserved species. The collection, characterization and conservation of the wild and native species is also very important because these are the treasure of genes which may be required for various purposes in future but are not yet characterized as to their resistant against particular biotic and abiotic stresses and nutritional qualities. Molecular markers can identify such genes and marker assisted breeding will save time and efforts to get new improved desirable varieties. Conservation strategies like on-farm, ex situ and in situ are being used all over the world to conserve safely the plant genetic resources for their use in crop improvement program. Biotechnology is an integral part of conservation strategies in terms of in vitro and cryopreservation for medium-and long-term conservation of germplasm. Many countries are in the advance stage, conserving their collections in field genebank, seed genebank, as in vitro collections and with back up in cryo-bank and genome resources repositories. Regrettably there are still a few countries that are at the beginning stage. The symposium will include several presentations on the PGR related subject from around the world to benefit the target group. Thus, the aim of the symposium is to bring together the stakeholder working in the field of plant genetic resource conservation and management to present their views and share their experiences and research on thematic issues of global importance, emphasizing the rational and effective utilization of biodiversity for food, nutrition and environmental security.

Main themes:

  • Plant genetic resources: Management and utilization for food and nutrition
  • Plant genetic resources: Management and utilization for mitigation of climate change
  • Climate change scenarios and potential impact on PGR: Threats and opportunities
  • Wild species, crop wild relatives and native species: Diversity, uses and conservation
  • In situ, ‘On-farm' and alternate conservation strategies: Global efforts
  • Plant genetic diversity: Genome evolution and domestication
  • Genomic resources: Technologies for characterization and conservation of collections
  • Potential for genetic technologies: Genetically modified crops
  • Safe movement of germplasm: Policy and planning, Intellectual Property Rights

Scientific Committee:

  • Adrian Rodriguez Burruezo, (Spain)
  • Ali Gharaghani (University of Shiraz, Iran)
  • Ali Rhouma, (Tunisia)
  • Barbara M. Reed (Research Plant Physiologist, USDA ARS National Clonal Germplasm Repository, Corvallis, Oregon (Retired), USA)
  • Badara Gueye, (Nigeria)
  • Bart Panis (Senior Scientist, Banana Conservation, Bioversity International, Leuven, Belgium)
  • Damiano Avanzato, (Italy)
  • Avanzato Damiano (International Horticulturist Consultant Via Casaserena, Pomezia (Roma), Italy)
  • Darab Hassani (Iran)
  • David Magradze (Georgia)
  • David McNeil, (Australia)
  • DB Parakh (Principal Scientist, Plant Quarantine Division, ICAR-NBPGR, India)
  • Ebru Kafkas, (Turkey)
  • Erkan Eren, (Turkey)
  • Fuad Gasi, (Bosnia)
  • Ferdinando Branca (Italy)
  • Gan-Yuan Zhong, (USA)
  • Gayle Volk (Research Plant Physiologist, USDA-ARS National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA)
  • Jerzy H. Czembor, (Poland)
  • John Preece (Research Leader at USDA Germplasm Repository, Davis, California USA)
  • KC Bansal (ICAR, India)
  • Kezban Yazıcı, (Turkey)
  • Kim E. Hummer (Research Leader, USDA ARS National Clonal Germplasm Repository, Corvallis, Oregon, USA)
  • Kuldeep Singh (Director, ICAR-NBPGR, India)
  • Lamis Chalak (Head of National Committee of Plant genetic Resources, University of Beirut, Lebanon)
  • Luis Iannamico (Argentina, INTA)
  • Maria Theresa Gonzalez-Arnao (Mexico)
  • Maurizio Lambardi (Senior Scientist and project leader, National Research Council (CNR), Tree and Timber Institute (IVALSA), Florence, Italy)
  • Mihail Coman (Research Institute for Growing, Pitesti, Romania)
  • Michèle Marcotte, (Canada)
  • Monica Hoefer (Germany)
  • Nilgün Göktürk Baydar, (Turkey)
  • Paul T. Lynch, (Derby, (UK)
  • Paula Bramel, (Crop Diversity Trust)
  • Percy Watkins, (South Africa)
  • PL Gautam (Vice Chancellor, Career point University, Hamirpur, India)
  • QC Wang (China)
  • Sandhya Gupta (Principal Scientist, Plant Tissue Culture and Cryopreservation, ICAR-NBPGR, New Delhi, India)
  • Stefan Gandev (Director, Fruit Grwoing Institute, Bulgaria)
  • Thomas A. Lumpkin (Former DG AVRDC, Former DG CIMMYT, USA)
  • Yuntao Zhang (China)