“Breeding for the Future: The case for conserving, collecting, and evaluating wild crop relatives”
Date: February 21, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Location: Abbotsford Campus, Room B101
Around the globe, plant breeders are in a race to stay ahead of rapidly evolving pest populations and a changing climate to develop new varieties in support of agricultural development, and to feed a growing world population. Wild crop relatives have enormous potential for crop improvement through conventional breeding, while new advances in DNA sequencing technologies are making it easier than ever for us to identify the genes responsible, understand their mechanism, and track them in breeding lines. In spite of this, investment in and access to the building blocks of plant breeding are becoming more limited at a time when they are needed more than ever before.
This event is free and open to the public!