Crop Diversity for a Hot and Crowded Planet
Invitation to an ARTS lecture on crop diversity with Nelissa Jamor on 13 December
Lecturer: Dr. Nelissa Jamor, Global Crop Diversity Trust
Content: Scientists have been assembling and managing ex situ collections of crop diversity in a systematic manner for over a century. Today, the crop diversity housed in genebanks and shared with plant breeders, farmers and other researchers is the basis of our food security. The germplasm conserved in these genebanks holds rare and valuable traits such as tolerance to heat, salinity, and drought, resistance to emerging plant pathogens, and enhanced nutritional quality.
We do not know what agricultural challenges our farmers will face in the future. We know that hundreds of new and improved crop varieties would not have been possible without the crop diversity conserved in genebanks.
The Crop Trust, established by Bioversity International on behalf of the CGIAR and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, aims to safeguard collections of unique and valuable crop diversity held in genebanks around the world.
Venue: University of Bonn, Institut für Geodäsie und Geoinformation, Nussallee 1, Room: HS I
Date/Time: Thursday, 13 December, 5 - 6:30 pm
Further Information: http://www.croptrust.org
Organizer: ARTS (Agricultural Sciences and Resource Management in the Tropics and Subtropics)