The International Conference on Pre-breeding and Gene Discovery

conference_logo Future agriculture will tie challenged by the need to provide food for the ever increasing human population and to provide crop-based materials for renewable energy such as biofuel. The efforts to meet such challenges, however, will be faced with resource scarcity, in particular water and arable land, and the more adverse effect of biotic and abiotic stress due to climate changes. Crop improvement, in particular through genomics-based breeding might be one of the effective and fast methods to face the above challenges. This method requires resources of genes that can be brought into breeding materials before it can be transferred to the crops to have the desired characteristics. This may be accomplished through pre-breeding activities. Pre-breeding refers to all activities designed to identify desirable characteristics and / or genes from unadapted materials that cannot be used directly in breeding populations and to transfer these traits to an intermediate set of materials that breeders can use further in producing new varieties for farmers. It is a necessary first step in the use of diversity arising from wild relatives and other unimproved materials. Availability of genome sequences and development of molecular maps allow tagging and identifying genes transferred from exotic sources, in order to make their selection more reliable and efficient. For certain breeding objectives, such as development of C4-rice or nitrogen-fixing wheat, the new traits for improvement cannot be found in the landraces and wild relatives. Genetic engineering will be the only viable option to reach the objectives. Gene discovery is the first step in the genetic engineering pipeline. To discover genes that are associated with biological functions/processes or traits, a causal relationship has to be made between DNA sequence and observed phenotype. Genetic analysis of mutants or other genetic variants that are localized on the chromosome can be used to clone the corresponding genes by methods such as map-based cloning and transposon tagging, which are the two most commonly used methods for cloning genes by a forward genetics strategy centered around the phenotype of interest. With the availability of genome sequences of many species, it is possible to assign a function to these quite anonymous sequences generally through a reverse genetics strategy. In most model and important species, many tools are available to generate or select mutations in specific genes. In reverse genetics strategy, the impact of the induced mutation is investigated to infer the function of the gene. To strengthen the capacity in pre-breeding and gene discovery, and to foster international cooperation in this area, the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development (IAARD) will host an International Conference on Pre-breeding and Gene Discovery: Strengthening Pre-breeding and Gene Discovery for Food and Renewable Energy Security. The event will be held at the occasion of the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development. The conference will be held at the IPB International Convention Center, Botani Square Building 2nd Floor, Jl. Pajajaran, Bogor, West Java on Wednesday and Thursday, August 13-14, 2014. The objectives of the conference are:
  1. To share knowledge and experience related to pre-breeding and gene discovery tor food and renewable energy security.
  2. To strengthen the collaboration among scientists, public and private institutions  in research on pre-breeding and gene discovery.
  3. To sensitize policy makers on the important of genomics-based breeding, pre-breeding and gene discovery research to assure food and renewable energy security.
Topics include:
  • identification of useful characters in landrace,  local germplasm or related wild species
  • genetic diversity of landraces, local germplasm or related wild species,
  • introgression of gene or chromosome segment from the genebank source material into breeding material,
  • base broadening
  • map-based cloning,
  • transposon tagging
  • T-DNA tagging,
  • sequence similarity based cloning,
  • subtractive hybridization-based cloning,
  • Immunological screening-based cloning, and other related activities.
Keynote speaker: Dr. Haryono (Director of the Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development, Ministry of Agriculture). Invited speakers:
  1. Prof. Pantjar Simatupang (Assistant Ministry of Agriculture) – Grand Strategy of Indonesian Agricultural Developmental (GSIAD) 2015-2045.
  2. Dr. Karden Mulya (Director of 1CABIOGRAD) -cGenomics-based crop improvement to support GSIAD 2015-2045.
  3. Prof. Akhmaloka (Rector of Bandung Institute of Technology) – Gene discovery to support food and renewable energy security.
  4. Dr. Shakeel Bhatti (Secretary of the ITPGRFA) -Public-private partnership for pre-breeding.
  5. Prof. Suk-Ha Lee (Seoul National University, South Korea) – Mungbean genome sequence and its application in breeding program.
  6. Dr. Michael J. Thomson (IRRIJ-Molecular marker technologies for pre-breeding applications.
  7. Prof. Andy Pereira (University of Arkansas and Virginia  Bio-informatics  Institute,   USA-Gene Discovery in plants.
  8. Dr. Tsutomu Ishimaru (JIRCAS-IRRI)-Discovery of yield-potential gene from Indonesian rice landrace and its application in breeding.
  9. Dr. Endang M. Septiningsih (IRRI and ICABIO-GRAD)-Discovery of flooding tolerance genes and its application in rice breeding.
  10. Dr. Afif Hassairi (King Saud University, Saudi Arabia) – Discovery of abiotic stress genes.
  11. Dr Christopher P. Marquis (University of New South Wales, Australia) – Gene discovery in microbes for renewable energy development.
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