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Seminar on Crop Improvement for Food and Nutrition Security in Southeast Asia: Opportunities and Challenges for Gene Stacking and Other Plant Breeding Techniques

Bangkok, Thailand
23/11/2015
S31 Sukhumvit Hotel

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OVERVIEW

With increasing urbanization and the impact of global climate change, Southeast Asia faces increasing challenges to provide sufficient safe and nutritious food to its population in the coming decades. One of the possible strategies to address such concerns include the improvement of productivity and nutritional value of staple food crops. Technological innovation needs to be applied to improve these food crops and plant breeders are able to work with a wide variety of techniques to do so, such as gene stacking, as well as a host of other conventional methods and biotechnology. However, different techniques offer its share of challenges, including both technical and regulatory barriers. This half-day seminar thus discussed the role of plant improvement technologies in crop improvement to address food and nutrition security, highlighting some of the available opportunities and challenges facing the region.

ORGANIZER

ILSI SEA Region

CO-ORGANIZER

National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), Thailand

COLLABORATOR

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

PROGRAM

The program is available here.