Representatives of world project to rescue wild varieties visit Embrapa Temperate Agriculture

Report from Francisco Lima, Embrapa Clima Temperado. Translation: Mariana Medeiros. 

On Monday 4th June, a delegation related to a world project for the adaptation of agriculture to climate change visited Embrapa Temperate Agriculture (Pelotas, RS) to learn more about the work of rescuing wild potato relatives – one of the branches of the project in Brazil.

Members included Luis Salazar from Global Crop Diversity Trust (Crop Trust) an international organization for the use and conservation of biodiversity headquartered in Germany; Oriole Wagstaff from the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew and the Millenium seed bank, in the United Kingdom; and the journalist from Science Magazine, one of the most prestiged academic journals of the world, Erik Stokstad, who came to Brazil to write an article about the project’s activities. The visit was arranged by the Embrapa Temperate Agriculture researcher Gustavo Heiden, who coordinates the rescue of wild materials at the research center.

Managed by the Crop Trust with support from the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, the project “Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change” started in 2011 and should last ten years. With about U$ 50 million in funds from the Government of Norway, it is present in 24 countries through partnerships with national and international gene banks, and with breeding programs around the world.

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