Location: Crop Improvement and Genetics ResearchTitle: Breeding for sustainable production in a changing climate – understanding the physiological basis of genetic by environmental interactions) Author
Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/11/2011
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Abiotic stresses (drought, cold, heat, excess, water, salinity) result in loses in yield and quality of crops. In addition, these stresses limit the areas that can be cultivated because of yield instability and crop loss. Global warming models predict erratic weather patterns making the impact of these stresses more severe and unpredictable. Changes in climate are also predicted to impact on the severity and incidences of plant disease. Over the past 25 years, a lot of progress has been made toward understanding the physiological mechanisms for injury and adaptation to these stresses. In addition a number of genes linked to tolerance of plants to these environmental stresses have been identified. This symposium is aimed at bringing together physiologists, breeders and molecular biologists to discuss strategies to prepare for sustainable production in a changing climate scenario. Topics to be covered will include climate change models and impact on crop production, molecular mechanisms of injury by and adaptation to abiotic stresses, germplasm and genetic resources in relation to abiotic stresses and strategies to prepare for sustainable production in view of climate change.