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Genetic diversity in agriculture: temporal flux, sustainable productivity and food security.

Objective

The overall objective of this project is to develop a scientifically based framework for determination of any changes in genetic diversity over time in 4 very widely grown agricultural crops (Wheat, Barley, Maize and Potatoes). Any enlargement of the genetic base or genetic erosion that may have occurred over the past 60 years in these crops will be determined & evaluated using advanced DNA marker tools. The project includes econometric analysis of diversity trends & will help clarify the relationship between breeding & crop genome evolution. Any risk to the genetic base of the major crops in European agriculture will become evident. Recommendations for routine and cost-effective monitoring of any changes and subsequent manipulation of genetic diversity as an element of sustainable agricultural practices will be made. Recommendations will help inform policy-making underpinning the strategic infrastructure of sustainable agriculture on a European wide basis.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

NIAB
Address
Huntingdon Road
CB3 0LE Cambridge
United Kingdom

Participants (5)

GROUPE D' ETUDES ET DE CONTRÔLE DES VARIÉTÉS ET DES SEMENCES
France
Address
Domaine Du Magneraud
17700 Surgeres
INSTITUTE OF PLANT GENETICS AND CROP PLANT RESEARCH
Germany
Address
Correnstrasse 3
06466 Gatersleben
JOHN INNES CENTRE
United Kingdom
Address
Norwich Research Park, Colney
Norwich
PLANT RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 1
Wageningen
UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM
Germany
Address
Fruwirthstrasse, 21
70599 Stuttgart