Tutto pronto per l’evento “Genome Editing for a Sustainable Agriculture”, il 7 marzo a Viterbo

  • 18 Feb 2019

The goal of sustainable agriculture is to meet society's food and feed needs in the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization foresees that food production needs to be increased by at least 70% to accommodate the growth in population, expected to exceed nine billion people by 2050. Furthermore, diminishing water resources and climate change are putting additional pressure on agriculture.

As the amount of cultivable land worldwide is limited, improving crops to increase yields is a key tool to meet future demand.

The challenge is obtaining functional diversity in agronomic traits. Biotechnology is an important tool to improve crop yields, nutritional quality and to reduce the impact on the environment. Newly developed techniques of genome editing, which are revolutionizing biology, can generate heritable mutations in a predictable trait-related genomic location, creating a series of variable phenotypes for breeding within a single generation.

In 2018, the Department of Agriculture and Forest Sciences (DAFNE) was awarded an important grant to develop the project entitled 'Sustainability of Agricultural and Forest systems in the Mediterranean environment in a global change context' (SAFE-MED).
This project is composed by 7 main work packages (WPs), among which WP5 focuses on the usage of biotechnology for a sustainable agriculture. During this meeting emerging approaches and strategies of genetic engineering, as well as their regulation, for a more sustainable agriculture will be shown and discussed with a panel of national and international experts.

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