Webinar on Genomics Strategies for Improvement of Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Crop Plants will be held on 27 November 2020 at 05:00 pm
Abiotic stresses like drought, salinity, extreme ambient temperatures and freezing cause major losses to crop productivity worldwide by adversely affecting plant growth and metabolism. Dealing with the biotic stresses is a tedious task due to their convolution, uncertainty and differential temporal and spatial effects. Being a tropical country, India is more challenged with multitude of several abiotic stresses. Thus, understanding abiotic stress responses in plants and enhancing stress resilience to maintain the efficiency of agro-ecosystems on long-term basis are extremely demanding areas in agricultural research. This requires improvement in the tolerance of plants to environmental stresses. Recent advances in genomics have built invaluable resources and molecular genetic tools for elucidating and dissecting the molecular mechanisms that regulate gene functions, which subsequently will allow us to manipulate the responses of plants to various abiotic stresses Devising genomics strategies to manage various abiotic stresses such as drought, salinity and heat stresses are of urgent global priority. To cope with the unfavourable environmental situation, genetic enhancement is considered to be a major option. Improving the multiple abiotic stress tolerance under field condition of a crop is cumbersome for a breeder as yield usually has a relatively low heritability even under ideal conditions. Therefore, to devise effective solution to this problem, multipronged strategies including molecular physiology, genetic engineering, genome editing, genetic enhancement and identification of novel genetic resources will be discussed during this virtual conference.