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International Symposium on Plant Mutation Breeding and Biotechnology

27–31 August 2018, Vienna, Austria

Plant Mutation Breeding Symposium 2018

Over the last fifty years, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have played a critical role in supporting their Member States in the use of induced mutations to develop improved crop varieties.

The successful application of gamma rays and other physical and chemical mutagens in plant breeding over the past 90 years has increased crop biodiversity and productivity across the world.

Induced mutation offers many benefits with regard to crop improvement, especially when there is no reliable source of traits (variation) in nature that could be introduced to varieties by conventional breeding techniques such as hybridization. The induced mutation technique is becoming increasingly important to bring about heritable changes in plants and offer new genetic varieties to plant breeders.

Plant biotechnologies are crucial to the effective application of mutation breeding techniques, and they are increasingly being considered for crop improvement to ensure that crops are better adapted to climate change. The application of mutation induction coupled with biotechnologies, genomics and molecular marker techniques, can speed up all the main stages of breeding programmes, from the generation of variability, through selection to rapid multiplication of the desired genotypes.

Objectives

The purpose of the symposium is to review achievements, new developments, trends and challenges in the field of plant mutation breeding, and to foster a broad exchange of information within the scientific community, as well as between the scientific community and the private sector. The symposium will highlight specific challenges faced by Member States, such as emerging transboundary threats to crop production, and will also assess the overall importance of mutation breeding to food security.

The symposium and its deliberations and conclusions will provide useful feedback to the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture which will help it to address Member States’ needs in future programming.

List of Topics

The scope of the symposium is meant to cover, but is not limited to, the following topical areas:

  1. Contribution and impact of mutant varieties to food security.
  2. Mutation breeding for adaptation to climate change in seed propagated crops.
  3. Mutation breeding for ornamental and vegetatively propagated crops.
  4. Enhancing agro biodiversity through new mutation induction techniques.
  5. New challenges and technologies in plant genomics and breeding.

Key Deadlines

  • 31 January 2018: Submission of abstract through INDICO (including submission of Forms A and B through a competent national authority – see Section G of the Announcement).
  • 31 January 2018: Submission of grant application (Forms A and C through a competent national authority – see Section G of the Announcement).
  • 30 April 2018: Notification of acceptance of abstract.

Registration only (Submission of Form A through a competent national authority) is not subject to a deadline.

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