Dear Arabidopsis community,
I would like to bring to your attention a conference which might be of
interest to some of you.
You can find a link and brief conference description below.
14th International Symposium on Rice Functional Genomics (ISRFG 2016),
26-28 September 2016, Le Corum, Montpellier
*http://isrfg2016.cirad.fr <http://isrfg2016.cirad.fr>*Rice is the major
cereal food crop which feed an increasing world population. The 7.3 billion
mankind is expected to stabilize around more than 9 billion people by year
2050. The population growth will mainly occur in rice-eating countries. The
scientific community is therefore facing the challenge of providing the
farmers with tools and resources that will enhance rice production while
saving natural resources (water and fertilizers) in shrinking arable lands.
Furthermore, this has to be achieved in a climate of increasing
unstablility in which rice cultivation has to reduce its impact and
participate to its mitigation. These questions have to be addressed through
improved, environment-friendly and precise agricultural practices and new,
enhanced and resilient varieties, both taking advantage of a functional
diversity in the agro-ecosystems. Recent breakthoughs in rice genomics have
narrowed the gap between genetic variation and the phenotype and
performance and allowed the deciphering of the function of important genes
underlying agronomically relevant traits. These discoveries are being
readily integrated into breeding programmes worldwide.
The 2016 symposium will cover recent, exciting breakthroughs in structural,
functional and evolutionary rice genome biology - pushing current
scientific knowledge to address the need of sustainably increasing crop
yields and global food security. Please join us for an exciting meeting to
discuss cutting-edge science with many of the world's top scientists.
Together, we can make new discoveries in rice biology and breeding to
improve the world for our and future generations.