The items focus on conferences, workshops, training courses and other events organised by FAO, other UN agencies/bodies and the 15 CGIAR research centres. The events cover all food and agricultural sectors (crops, forestry, fisheries/aquaculture, livestock, agro-industry) and a wide range of biotechnologies (e.g. use of molecular markers, artificial insemination, triploidisation, biofertilisers, micropropagation, genomics, genetic modification etc.). The news and event items on this website are also disseminated through an e-mail newsletter called FAO-BiotechNews that is published in six different versions, one per language i.e. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. To subscribe, send a message to FAO-Biotech-News@fao.org indicating which e-mail addresses are to be subscribed and in which language they wish to receive the newsletter.
The Symposium`s theme is `biotechnology and the future world-wide scenarios` and its programme covers a range of issues including new generations of GMOs (plant and animal), bioenergy, the `omics` (genomic, proteomics, metabolomics), global climatic change, education and biotechnology, biosafety, public perception and citruses. REDBIO is the Technical Co-operation Network on Plant Biotechnology in Latin America and the Caribbean, based at the FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Santiago, Chile.
Organised by the WorldFish Center, this training course is designed for fish hatchery/farm managers, research staff and technicians who are working in genetic enhancement, stock enriching or genetic research programs.
Organised by the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative (BGRI), this workshop includes presentations and posters on themes such as breeding to produce rust resistant varieties and developing and optimising markers for rust resistance. The BGRI, founded by Norman Borlaug, Cornell University, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and FAO, was established to combat wheat rusts around the world.
Cuidad Obregon. Mexico
Organised by the CGIAR Generation Challenge Programme as part of the IV International Conference on Legume Genomics and Genetics, the workshop focuses on advances in genomics for various tropical legumes, namely groundnut, cowpea, bean and chickpea.
Puerto Vallarta. Mexico
An international symposium hosted by the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) University and sponsored, among others, by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB).
Organised by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), with support from India`s Department of Biotechnology (DBT), this 2nd training course from ICRISAT`s Center of Excellence in Genomics (CEG) provides participants with a hands-on opportunity to gain expertise in the use of molecular markers in diversity analysis, gene/QTL mapping and marker-assisted breeding. It focuses on the experimental design and data analysis components of molecular markers. The expenses of selected participants from India are covered by DBT and the course is also open to a few participants outside of India, who should cover their own expenses. The Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI) will sponsor travel costs for 4 participants from selected APAARI institutes. Deadline for applications is 20 September 2008.
Organised by the International Society for Biosafety Research, this is a biennial event established in 1990 to showcase environmental biosafety research. Among its 8 plenary sessions and 4 evening workshops, the programme includes a 1-day plenary session on `Risk assessment - state of the art`, organised jointly with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Wellington. New Zealand
Organised at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) headquarters, AAGB-2008 focuses on improving the productivity, quality and safety issues of the groundnut using modern genomics and biotechnology tools. The conference`s main themes are genetic resources; allelic diversity; germplasm enhancement; genomic resources; comparative genomics; biotic and abiotic stresses; and product quality and safety.
A theoretical and practical course organised by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB). Participants must have a basic working knowledge of molecular biology and be directly involved in research covered by the course. Admission is limited to 16 participants and deadline is 30 June.
New Delhi. India
Organised by Bioversity International, the National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources in India and the Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology (APCoAB), its aims are to improve the skills of participants in using tissue culture techniques for conservation and management of plant genetic resources (PGR); equip participants with essential knowledge necessary for developing and using cryopreservation techniques; enhance the use of in vitro conservation and cryopreservation protocols for germplasm of crops relevant in their countries; and acquaint the participants with molecular techniques for PGR management. The maximum number of participants is 15 and deadline for applications is 30 August 2008.
New Delhi. India
Organised by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development, its theme is `Maize for Asia: Emerging trends and technologies`. Seven specific thematic areas are envisioned, including one on `maize breeding trends and progress`, covering conventional breeding, applications of biotechnology etc.
An international course, in Spanish, that takes place at the Universidade Central de Venezuela and is sponsored, among others, by FAO. It includes both theoretical and practical exercises, including e.g. laboratory applications of biochemical and molecular markers, and its objective is to strengthen plant breeding in Latin America and the Caribbean by training young researchers in strategies to use plant germplasm, with an emphasis in pre-breeding. There are places for 25 national and 25 international participants.
A training workshop, organised by the World Agroforestry Centre, whose overall purpose is to more effectively apply molecular marker methods for the use and protection of trees in the tropics, with an emphasis on agroforestry systems, and for the benefit of smallholder farmers, rural communities and their environments. The course is structured in four modules - introduction: molecular markers in context; matching molecular markers methods with management issues; collection and analysis of molecular marker data; and application of molecular marker data for practical management. Participants will be fully sponsored and a maximum of 24 participants, from Africa, will be accepted. Deadline is 30 June.
Convened, among others, by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the symposium brings together leading researchers from various disciplines to review current knowledge on hybrid rice development, seed production, molecular application and economics, and to discuss future research strategies. Topics to be covered include improvements in breeding methodologies and products; and application of biotechnology in hybrid rice breeding.
A regional workshop organised by the Government of the Czech Republic with the support of FAO`s Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia. The workshop participants will be senior officials in countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia responsible for GM crop risk assessment and management. The workshop language is English. A small number of additional places are available for participants involved in GM crop risk assessment and management from the European and Central Asian region.
Prague. Czech Republic
Organised, among others, by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), the conference`s objective is to further evaluate the potential of sorghum as a biofuel feedstock, identify needed scientific advances and propose strategies to address them. Discussion topics include current applications and research in: crop genetic and agronomic issues, including available varieties, genomics, breeding and transgenics to enhance biofuel and bioproduct application.
Houston. United States of America
Organised by the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, this will be the 8th in its symposium series dedicated to harnessing and disseminating information on current trends in induced mutagenesis in higher plants. The first and last symposia were held in 1969 and 1995 respectively. Topics to be addressed in the symposium include `Induced mutations in crop breeding programs: integration with molecular, bio- and other relevant technologies` and `Mutation induction, targeted selection and mutated genes in functional genomics`.
The aims of GCP-I include "provision of a forum for cassava stakeholders to share knowledge and experiences relating to R&D in the areas of socio-economics, biodiversity and genetic resources, postharvest, starch modification, nutrition, genomics, molecular genetic markers and gene discovery, tissue culture and transformation, biotic and abiotic stresses, participatory research, and technology transfer". The Global Cassava Partnership was formed unanimously in 2003, by 45 institutions from all over the world, under the umbrella of the Global Cassava Development Strategy of IFAD/FAO.
A workshop organised by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in collaboration with the Italian Ministry for Environment, for the Protection of the Territory and the Sea. Closing date for applications is 30 November.
Ca`Tron di Roncade. Italy
Organised by the Centre of Biotechnology of Sfax on behalf of the International Centre of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology and the University of Sfax, the symposium covers 3 main topics: biotechnology for human health; microbial and environmental biotechnology; and agricultural, food and marine biotechnology.
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