Core Theme 4: Adaptation to Climate Change
Instrument: Exploratory Workshop
Full title: Exploratory Workshop on the Application of Novel Breeding Techniques for Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change in Crops
Relevant dates: June 2018 & June 2019
Novel techniques in crop breeding and livestock
Modern breeding methods as well as novel techniques such as phenotyping, genotyping and Crispr-Cas9 can speed up the breeding of crops and livestock. However, these techniques do raise questions which are related to the use of big data, the definition of genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) ownership and intellectual property rights.
FACCE-JPI already organised a number of relevant exploratory workshops. For example, during a workshop that took place in Wageningen in 2016, participants explored how novel breeding techniques can be used to obtain more climate resilient crops. One of the conclusions from that workshop was that there should be more breeding (while using phenotyping and genotyping) of perennial crops, and of crops that can be used for more purposes.
More recently, another workshop on the “Application of Novel Breeding Techniques in crops in the contact of food security and Climate Change” was organised in Madrid. The event brought together 42 experts from 16 countries representing different involved sectors and actors. The workshop sessions included key speakers’ introductory lectures to address the research, stakeholders, end-users and policy perspective followed by breakout sessions focused on gap/limitations and opportunities/strengths group discussion on relevant key subtopics. The conclusion and plenary discussion were addressed to identify specific recommendations for FACCE-JPI future contributions and actions in this field.