in the Göttingen/Germany
"If you give me rice, I’ll eat today,
but if you teach me how to grow rice,
I’ll eat every day."
Global warming has affected crop production scenario in terms of yields and geographical area for successful crop production. It has led to shifts in crop communities. Ambient Temperature prevailing at any location is key determinant factor for survival, adaptation and performance of various crops. Environmental stresses caused by low and high temperature are most apparent at specific locations worldwide. Abiotic stresses, depending on location and local climatic conditions can cause 15 to 20% or even higher reduction in crop yield due to reduction in one or the other yield building traits like post maturity, hampered photosynthesis, lower germination, poor plant growth and development etc. traditional crop improvement methods based on recombination breeding have paid dividends in breeding tolerant varieties to low and high temperature stresses. However, under global
climate change conditions, heat, high
temperature stress may confound with drought stress and cold stress may confound
with chilling / freezing stress and these effects may be mutually exclusive. Under such situations modern biotechnological tools are needed to infuse resilience in genotypes to adapt better to temperature stresses with a higher yield. Various biotechnological tools have been developed such as tissue culture, genomics and transgenics. Use of these technologies is warranted and the choice of appropriate technological tools will depend on pattern of genetic variability, identification and characterization of genes, gene flow from one species to another, crossing barriers and source of genes for crop tolerance to temperature stresses. Keeping the above facts in view, an International Webinar is being organized to highlight the role of biotechnologies in developing crop genotypes tolerant to low and high stresses by luminaries in biotechnological sciences.
Deptt. of Agriculture
Mullana-Ambala, Haryana, Indien
in collaboration with
• International Foundation for Sustainable Development in Africa and Asia (IFSDAA), Germany
• African Asian Studies Promotion Association (AASF), Germany.
• Societyfor Sustainable Agriculture and Resource Management (SSARM),India.