Towards the production of improved seeds of exportable vegetables of Peru through next-generation DNA sequencing


Lima, Perú

Start Date:

Wednesday 24th October


Workshop opportunity for post docs – developing networking and links with early career researchers in Peru


Feeding a constantly increasing world population of 9.1 billion in year 2050, which is ~30% above today’s population, will require increasing food production by 70%. This challenge can be addressed by employing plant breeding. Alternative approaches for plant breeding are needed in order to save time and resources. The Peruvian agroexport sector had a robust growth during the last 15 years due to better agronomic managements and an increased area of production. However, the use of cultivars of higher genetic value has not been fully exploited in Perú mainly due to the lack of local breeding programs. This workshop supports the use of next-generation sequencing data and other tools to develop modern breeding programs.


The technical themes are as follows:


- Plant Genetic Resources: diversity, conservation and use
- Plant Genomic Resources: DNA sequencing, molecular markers, molecular breeding, gene discovery
- Selection theory for cultivar development: breeding value, genomic selection, GxE, genotypes, population genetics


The British Council Researcher Links programme provides opportunities for early career researchers from the UK and Perú to interact, learn from each other and explore opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations. As part of this programme, we are now recruiting early career researchers (up to 10 years post PhD) to participate in the above workshop. The workshop will provide a unique opportunity for sharing research expertise and networking. During the workshops early career researchers will have the opportunity to present their research in the form of a poster or short oral presentation and discuss this with established researchers from the UK and Perú. There will be a focus on building up links for future collaborations and participants selected on the basis of their research potential and ability to build longer term links. The official language of the workshop will be English. Peruvian participants with an acceptable understanding/speaking level of English are encouraged to participate. For UK participants, knowledge of Spanish will be beneficial.


UK coordinator: Dr Charlotte Allender, University of Warwick


Perú coordinator: Dr Raúl Blas, Universidad Nacional Agraria la Molina


Dates and venue: October 24th-26th, 2018 - Universidad Nacional Agraria la Molina, Lima, Perú


The application form can be downloaded from the event webpage, and must be submitted by 24 August 2018 to genomicaunalm@lamolina.edu.pe

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