Webinar: Applications of Genome Editing in Agriculture: CGIAR Focus on Crop Improvement

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 08:30

Date/time: Tue, Sep 29, 2020: 8:30 AM - 10:50 AM EDT / 1230 PM - 14:50 AM UST

Organizer: ICRISAT, One CGIAR

Join EiB's Director Michael Quinn and other experts.

Developments are advancing at a rapid pace and many countries are in the process of considering how to best realize the contributions that gene editing can make to improving agriculture and food systems, with particular attention to how genome edited products may or may not be regulated. This has similarly been a topic of discussion by CGIAR institutions, and efforts have been undertaken to advance a fit-for-purpose CGIAR policy.

CGIAR Excellence in Breeding Platform (EiB) exists to increase impact of CGIAR and NAREs breeding. EiB provides cross center, system level coordination, leadership and support to achieve the vision for CGIAR and NAREs breeding which is that “CGIAR-NAREs breeding networks generate rates of genetic gain ≥1.5% p.a. and that the average area weighted age of varieties in farmers’ fields is <10 years”.

Support includes providing know-how and developing shared services and breeding tools. Gene editing provides an exciting opportunity to support the vision for CGIAR and NAREs breeding particularly when applied to the most intractable traits for which there is no native genetic variance. Gene editing itself is out of scope for EiB but as a community we must think carefully about how to best integrate outputs from gene editing laboratories with breeding pipelines to best increase rates of genetic gain and reduce the age of varieties in farmers’ fields.

More info on the series: ICRISAT

  • Webinar 1 Genome Editing in Agriculture: Innovations for Sustainable Production and Food Systems 22 Sept 2020
  • Webinar 2 Applications of Genome Editing in Agriculture: CGIAR Fo-cus on Crop Improvement 29 Sept 2020
  • Webinar 3 Applications of Genome Editing in Agriculture: CGIAR Fo-cus on Livestock and Aquaculture 6 Oct 2020
  • Webinar 4 Regulation and Genome Edited Plants 13 Oct 2020
  • Webinar 5 Path to Commercialization for Genome Edited Crops 20 Oct 2020

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