Brazil and France promote Workshop on tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses in plants

Brazil and France promote Workshop on tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses in plants
Event takes place between the 6th and November 8, 2013, in Ilheus, Bahia, and will bring together about 200 participants.

Brasília, September 02, 2013 –The Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) and the State University of Santa Cruz (UESC - BA), in partnership with the French agricultural research institutes: CIRAD - Centre for International Cooperation in Agronomic Research for Development and IRD - Research Institute for Development, will promote from 6 to 8 November 2013 in Cana Brava Resort, Ilheus, BA, the "International Workshop on Tolerance to Biotic and Abiotic Stresses in Plants: the Challenge of the 21st Century." Registrations are now open and can be made on the event page at the site: http://www.ciba2013.net/inscriptions.html.
The Workshop is aimed at undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and other professionals and will feature more than 40 national and international speakers from the fields of Biotechnology, Plant Breeding and Plant Physiology.
The participants will discuss and exchange experiences on the event's main theme - effect of biotic and abiotic stresses on plants' growth- providing the opportunity to upgrade, expand their lines of research and form new partnerships and technical and scientific cooperation. The discussions will involve studies on several crops of socioeconomic importance for the world population, including coffee, rice, citrus, peanuts, bananas, cocoa, cotton, apple, tomato, cassava, grapes, wheat, soy and eucalyptus, among other species.
The experts who will participate as speakers at the Workshop include researchers from Embrapa; CEPLAC (Executive Plan of Cocoa Farming); Brazilian universities (UFPE and UESC); French agricultural research institutions: CIRAD, IRD, INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique) and CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), as well as from other countries such as Japan (JIRCAS - Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences) and the UK (Research Center of the University of Rothamsted). Embrapa will be represented by seven of its 47 research units - Genetic Resources and Biotechnology (Brasília, DF); Cassava & Fruits (Cruz das Almas, BA); Agricultural Informatics (Campinas, SP); Grape and Wine (Bento Gonçalves, RS); Cerrados (Planaltina, DF); Soybean (Londrina, PR) and Vegetables (Brasília, DF) plus Labex - Europe .

Workshop is an initiative of a consortium agreement between Brazil and France

The Workshop is an initiative of the International Consortium for Advanced Biology (CIBA), created by Embrapa and the Agropolis - Pole Research in Tropical Agriculture and Mediterranean in 2007, with the objective of strengthening the scientific-technical cooperation between Brazil and France. Besides gathering several research institutions such as CIRAD, INRA, CNRS and IRD, as well as some universities, the Agropolis, located in Montpellier, France, hosts Virtual Laboratory of Embrapa abroad – Labex/Europe.
The main focus of the Consortium, explains the researcher at Embrapa Genetic Resources and Biotechnology, and one of the organizers of the event, Ana Cristina Miranda Brasileiro, is to share skills, knowledge and experience in plant genetic resources, especially focused on genetic profiling to identify genes and characteristics that may be useful to breeding programs in Tropical and Mediterranean agriculture.
One of the actions supported by CIBA is promoting workshops, so as this one. "These events are very important to stimulate discussion among research teams from Brazil and France, as well as lead to the formation of cooperative research projects on topics of common interest between the two countries," says Ana Brasileiro.

The " International Workshop on Tolerance to Biotic and Abiotic Stresses in Plants : The Challenge of the 21st Century " takes place in Cana Brava Resort in Ilheus, BA , from 6 to 8 November 2013.

Information and registration are available on the event page at the address http://www.ciba2013.net

Fernanda Diniz
Journalist
Embrapa Genetic Resources and Biotechnology
Phones: (61) 3448-4769 and 3340-3672
E- mail: fernanda.diniz@embrapa.br