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Brainstorming Session organized on “Trait discovery and wheat improvement using genomic resources” at ICAR-NBPGR, New Delhi on 6th July, 2019

Wheat, a climate sensitive crop, is grown on 30.5 million hectare in India and majority of wheat growing area faces several biotic and abiotic stresses resulting in poor quality grains and finally, reduced yield. To ensure the food security to the millions of poor people of India, it is the need of hour to explore the untapped genetic diversity in the development of resistant cultivars. New breeding technologies such as genomic selection (GS) will be a breakthrough in developing climate resilient varieties thus, ensuring high yield. Therefore, to review the status of landraces and indigenous wheat germplasm & their use for developing climate resilient cultivars, a Brainstorming Session was organized on 6th July, 2019 at ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi in collaboration with Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. The Brainstorming session was chaired by Dr. Kuldeep Singh, Director, ICAR-NBPGR and Co-chaired by Dr Sanjay Kalia, Scientist E, DBT, Govt. of India. Scientists of ICAR-NBPGR & 12 other institutes viz., ICAR-IIWBR, Karnal; ICAR-IARI, New Delhi; IARI RS, Wellington (T.N.); ICAR-IASRI, New Delhi; SKUAST, J&K; PAU, Ludhiana; BHU, Varanasi; MPKV, Rahuri; GBPUA&T, Pantnagar; CCS University, Meerut; NIPGR, New Delhi and Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) attended the Brainstorming session. The problems related to genetic tools, genome wide association mapping, traits discovery to feed the future, resequencing of landraces for large scale discovery of the sequence variants & genome level selection patterns and genomic selection and pre-breeding for yield related traits to accelerate genetic gain and their use in the speedy development of wheat high yielding varieties were discussed for formulation of network project.

(Source:  Dr Sundeep Kumar, ICAR-NBPGR, New Delhi)

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