Food Security in the 21st Century: Envisioning R&D Strategies for Meeting the Demand

Date: Monday, 30 April – Tuesday, 1 May, 2018

 

Location: ACES Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1101 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL

 

To avoid a world food crisis and meet the demand of 11.2 billion people by the year 2100, 3.6 billion more than today, agricultural productivity will need to increase each year while adjusting to more frequent and severe environmental stresses associated with climate change. Of particular concern, yields of our most important staple crops are not currently increasing at a rate sufficient to meet future demands. However, recent technological advances, such as low-cost genomic sequencing, genome editing, high-throughput phenotyping, and big data analytics are providing new R&D opportunities. In this symposium, researchers will share their visions for addressing this critically important challenge for humanity. Symposium sessions will focus on: 1) mining germplasm banks efficiently and effectively, 2) training the next generation of agricultural scientists, 3) addressing abiotic and biotic stresses in the context of climate change, and 4) improving photosynthesis.

 

Sessions will be streamed live at: go.illinois.edu/live

 

If you plan to watch the symposium live via web streaming, you can indicate this on the registration form, and we will send you a reminder e-mail with the link.

 

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Sunday 29 April 2018

Arrivals

Monday 30 April 2018

Morning free for individual meetings. 

11:30

Welcome by Dean Kimberlee Kidwell, UIUC College of ACES and Bruce Tolentino, IRRI DDG for Partnerships

noon-13:30

Lunch and keynote

 

 

Session 1 (Germplasm)

Chair: Erik Sacks, UIUC.

13:30

Colin Khoury, USDA/CIAT
Title: Crop Diversity in the Next 50 Years of International Agricultural Research

14:00

Denise E. Costich, CIMMYT
Title: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: CIMMYT’s Global Collection of Maize in its Center of Origin and Diversity

14:30

Jauhar Ali, IRRI
Title: Genomic Assisted Breeding of Climate-Smart Rice Inbred and Hybrid Varieties

15:00

Break

15:30

J. Damien Platten, IRRI
Title: Harvesting the Genetic Diversity of Rice

16:00

Ray Ming, UIUC
Title: Genomics and Biotechnology for Global Food Security

16:30

Panel discussion led by Erik Sacks and Brian Diers.

17:00

Buffet & poster session

Tuesday 1 May 2018

Session 2 (Education)

Chair: Peter Brothers, IRRI.

8:00

Video from Lee Fellows

8:30

Peter Brothers, IRRI.
Title:  Training the Next Generation of Scientists

9:00

Austen Moore, UIUC.
Title: Amplifying the Impact of Agricultural Technologies through Strengthened Extension

9:30

Break

10:00

Jack Juvik, UIUC.
Title: Establishing Collaborations to Create Educational Opportunities for the Training of Future Agricultural Scientists

10:30

Fred Cholick, Borlaug Training Foundation.

Title: Borlaug Training Foundation: Developing the Next Generation of Hunger Fighters

11:00

Panel Discussion

 

 

Session 3 (Abiotic and Biotic Stress)

Chair: Nate Schroeder, UIUC.

11:30

Buyung Hadi, IRRI.

Title: Co-designing Conservation Biocontrol Schemes with Asian Rice Farmers for Sustainable Food Production.

12:00

Lunch, and keynote by Bob Zeigler.
Title: Reflections on What It Takes to Access Germplasm to Address the Challenges Posed by Global Climate Change

 

 

Session 3 (continued)

13:00

Andrew Margenot, UIUC.
Title: Climate Change Underfoot: Beyond Soil Carbon

13:30

Richard Sikora, University of Bonn
Title: Impact of Soil Borne Pests and Diseases on Root Architecture: Biotic-Abiotic Interactions Impacting Food Security in Southern Africa

14:00

Brian Diers, UIUC.

Title: Use of Genetic Diversity for Improving Resistance to Soybean Cyst Nematode in Soybean

14:30

Panel Discussion

15:00

Break

 

 

Session 4 (Photosynthesis)

Chair: Tony Studer, UIUC.

15:30

Wanne Kromdijk, UIUC.
Title: Using the Interplay Between Photoprotection and Photosynthesis for New Crop Improvement Strategies

16:00

Xin-Guang Zhu, Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology
Title: Model Guided Molecular Design to Support High Yield Rice Breeding

16:30

Lisa Ainsworth, USDA-ARS, UIUC
Title: The Role of Photosynthesis in Improving Maize Tolerance to Ozone Pollution

17:00

Wrap-up roundtable discussion—all topics (starting with photosynthesis)

18:00

Dinner

Wednesday 2 May 2018

Return flights