To promote updating in plant breeding, consolidate the public-private complementation and strengthen national and international cooperation, we broke down physical barriers to build a community without borders, safe and dynamic: The 1st PLANT BREEDING SYMPOSIUM is now virtual.
The most important challenge of today's agriculture is to produce more and better food in a sustainable and safe way for a growing world population. All this within the framework of a sustainable use of natural resources, increasingly compromised by climate change.
Faced with this complex scenario, the development of high-yield varieties with higher nutritional value, more efficient use of water resources and appropriate levels of resistance to pests and diseases -which not only protect crops but also restore territorial ecosystems by reducing the use of agrochemicals- appears as a tool of great potential.
Complementing conventional breeding with the application of biotechnology, ecophysiology, bioinformatics, high throughput phenotyping and genotyping techniques, and the conservation and use of genetic resources, will allow the development of cultivars with greater productivity, differentiated quality and tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses.
In this spirit, this 1st International Plant Breeding Symposium, intends to provide a platform for the discussion and application of scientific advances at the service of agri-food innovation through higher value plant varieties.
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