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Scientific Seminar: Research that matters - applying tree genomics to sustainable development
Tuesday 25 September 2018, 14:30 - 18:30

EVOLTREE and EUFORGEN have joined forces to bring you this side event at the 2018 EFI Annual Meeting in Alghero, Sardinia, Italy.

On 25 September 2015, the 193 countries of the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Development Agenda, which established 17 broad Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, urbanization, environment and social justice. Forests and agroforests play a vital role in the lives of people and are key to meeting several of these goals.

New genetic and genomics approaches, including new-generation breeding strategies, have great potential to harness natural genetic variation to promote forest health and productivity, in particular in the face of global disturbances, such as climate change, land fragmentation and emerging pests and diseases.

Keynote Speakers

  • Dr. Ramni Jamnadass (ICRAF Global Theme Leader –TREEs). Integrated knowledge and action including genetic diversity that is required and may contribute to the sustainable use and conservation of native trees in developing countries.
  • Dr. Enoch Achigan Dako (Laboratory of Genetics, Horticulture and Seed Science, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin Republic). Guidelines for genomic-enabled development of improved cultivars in orphan and native fruit tree species.
  • Chris Kettle (Bioversity). Are novel tools always the best? Applying genomic approaches in research for Development, a forest perspective.
Call for oral presentations and posters is now closed

Register now
(deadline: 14 September)

Contact: stephanie.hayes @ efi.int

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