Climate-Resilient Open Partnertship for Food Security (CROP-FS) will be presenting their 4th WUN Workshop at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, on December 7 and 8, 2018.The workshop is organized by Professor Ashwani Pareek, Jawaharlal Nehru University; and Dr. Sneh Lata Singla-Pareek, International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi, India. Invited participating WUN universities are the University of Leeds, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University of Southampton, the University of York, and Zhejiang University. WUN partner universities are: Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India; Kansas State University, USA; Case Western Reserve University, USA; Stellenbosch University, South Africa; International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), India; CEBAS-CSIC Spain; University of Pretoria, South Africa; La Trobe University, Australia. The first CROP-FS workshop was held at the University of Leeds in 2016, with subsequent workshops at Zhejiang University (September 2016) and University of Massachusetts (October 2017).
CROP-FS aims to establish an international network of specialists to develop research strategies that will enable major food crops to grow under more extreme environmental conditions such as drought, high temperature, and irrigation with brackish or seawater. The CROP-FS collaboration was launched in 2016 with agricultural and plant scientists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the US, Zhejiang University in China, Jawaharlal Nehru University in India, and the Universities of Leeds, Southampton and York in the U.K. CROP-FS approaches the problem of developing climate-resilient crops using teams working on three specific long-term objectives: Understanding how climate change will affect soil matrix, and how soil amendments such as biochar and other organic matters will improve soil moisture content and carbon sequestration under changing climate; Understanding how the changing climate will affect microbial communities in agricultural soils and their impact on crop yields and strategies to improve rhizosphere activity; Understanding the biochemical and molecular basis of crop adaptation to drought, heat, and heavy metal stresses likely to accompany climate change, and use promising candidate genes/enzymes to improve the ability of plants to produce better yields under changing climate.