Joining the growing DuPont Plant Science Symposia series, the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) in New Delhi hosted Genomics-Based Next Generation Crop Improvement Approaches in November of 2016. The event was attended by more than 120 post-graduate agriculture students, research associates and young faculty members from 13 state agriculture universities spread across northern India. In addition, more than 600 students and faculty members of state agriculture universities, scientists from various private and public institutions, and seed industry partners from around the globe joined the event via live webcast.
The IARI is the premier national institute for agricultural research and education in India. Contributing to the Green Revolution, the IARI developed high-yielding dwarf wheat varieties, helping significantly increase production, while changing the lives of millions of Indians in the mid-1960s.
The champion of the Green Revolution in Asia, Dr. M.S. Swaminathan, was the keynote speaker for the event, inspiring attendees to be a part of the solution for sustainable agriculture. Swaminathan, the first World Food Prize laureate, has been acclaimed by Time magazine as one of the 20 most influential Asians of the 20th century. He emphasized the need to achieve productivity without accompanying ecological and social harm, a term he refers to as the “evergreen revolution.”
A local DuPont Pioneer team worked with student organizers and engaged students on a variety of scientific topics, including applications of high density genotyping and whole genome sequence data, precision phenotyping, genome editing and commercial plant breeding. An overview of Pioneer programs that support the academic community was offered as well. The IARI symposium provided an excellent opportunity for millennial students to learn and share crop improvement ideas and applications that will have lasting impact. In addition, eminent scientists from the public sector briefed the students on the latest advances impacting plant breeding across major food crops.
An interactive session, Are You Seed Industry Ready? drew high participation from the student community. The session emphasized the essential skill sets required for a successful career in the seed industry.
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