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Workshop Yam Crop Wild Relatives project

Designing a global project to collect, protect and prepare wild relatives of yam

Developing the plant of the future
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Abstract

This workshop was held in Montpellier in 2nd-4th July 2013. It was organized by IRD, Cirad, Global Crop Diversity Trust and Royal Botanical Garden Kew. The workshop gathered together 26 yam specialists, some of them coming from countries were yam is important (Madagascar, Benin, Nigeria, Ethiopia, India, Philippines).
The aim of the workshop was have the main actors of yam research to meet and to discuss about wild yams and breeding of cultivated yams.
Three points emerged from the discussions:
- The importance of clarifying wild yam species taxonomy, phylogeny and genetic structure.
- The necessity to collect wild yam species and to set up a comprehensive database.
- The main obstacles to overcome for yam breeding (control of flowering, development of genetic tools, use of local knowledge, etc.).

Perspectives

The outcomes of the workshop will be used to write a project on conservation of wild yams.

Project Number : 1300-005

Year : 2013

Type of funding : PC

Project type : SP

Research units in the network : AGAP

Start date :
01 Apr 2013

End date :
28 Feb 2014

Flagship project :
Non

Project leader :
Nora Scarcelli

Project leader's institution :
IRD

Project leader's RU :
DIADE

Budget allocated :
11158 €

Total budget allocated ( including co-financing) :
11158 €

Funding :
Labex