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UK and Peruvian crop scientists share ideas on biotechnology

Scientists gathered at CIP, Lima (courtesy CIP)
“Many possibilities for collaboration were identified, both for establishing research collaborations and for enhancing capacity building. These activities should provide enhanced prospects for improving food security in Peru.

A recent workshop co-organised by the James Hutton Institute gathered plant scientists from Peru and the UK to discuss how to implement modern genomics and biotechnological methods in crop breeding programs aimed at improving crops in the Andean nation.

Diverse climatic and geographical zones in Peru are home to a great variety of crops, such as potatoes, quinoa, asparagus, and coffee. Recent advances in genomics and biotechnology offer a high potential to address diverse challenges to crop production to ensure food security, leading to better nutrition and human health.

Dr Glenn Bryan, potato geneticist at the James Hutton Institute’s Cell and Molecular Sciences group and one of the organisers of the workshop, said: “The five-day event took place at the International Potato Centre in Lima, and was attended by 9 UK and 40 Peruvian crop scientists from 21 institutions.

“Many possibilities for collaboration were identified, both for establishing research collaborations and for enhancing capacity building in Peru. These activities should provide enhanced prospects for improving food security in Peru.”

The workshop focused on tools for genomics-assisted breeding, recent advances in gene discovery and crop biotechnology, as well as problems impacting on Peruvian crop production.

During the workshop, further avenues for cooperation between UK plant research centres and Peruvian agricultural institutes were explored, particularly concerning early stage researchers. It is hoped that subsequent collaboration may result in projects with significant downstream benefits to Peruvian food security and nutrition as well as improving incomes for Peruvian farmers and food producers.

Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and implemented by the British Council, the event was co-organised by the James Hutton Institute and Peruvian partners the National Institute for Agricultural Innovation (INIA), with the collaboration of the International Potato Center (CIP) and the National Agrarian University La Molina, Lima, Peru.

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.