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WORKSHOP FOR DEVELOPING ABIOTIC STRESS TOLERANCE IN RICE
12/09/2017 INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION 254
Workshop organizes on 15th-17th September 2017 at Fortuneland-Dong Ha Hotel, 141 Tran Van Kheo Street, Cai Khe Ward, Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho City 
 
DEVELOPING ABIOTIC STRESS TOLERANCE IN RICE WORKSHOP
The programme ‘British Council Researcher Links’ provides opportunities for early career researchers from the UK and internationally to interact, learn from each other and explore opportunities for building long-lasting research collaborations. 
The  workshop  will  provide  a  unique  opportunity  for  sharing  research expertise  and networking. During the workshop, early career researchers will have the opportunity to present their research in the form of short presentations and discuss these with established researchers from the UK and VietNam.
The workshop will  facilitate  collaborations, build capacity and enable implementation  of molecular techniques to  identify traits  for drought and salt tolerance with an end goal of generating  new  stress  tolerant  rice  for  the  Mekong  Delta  region. This will  facilitate collaborative  research  opportunities  for  VietNam  and  UK  scientists  and  aims  to  provide farmers and management agencies with the technologies and knowledge that will improve food security in the Mekong Delta and VietNam more generally.
 
 BACKGROUND
The Mekong delta is VietNam’s main rice producing area, accounting for half of the country’s annual rice production. The Delta’s rice land use is divided into agro-hydrological zones that are controlled by hydrology, especially drought frequency and salinity regimes. Over the last 30 years Vietnamese farmers have been adapting to changing environmental conditions by modifying and diversifying their production systems and water management. However significant constraints limit the ability of farmers to adapt to the new hydrological regimes. These constraints include; the availability of suitable cultivars, soil nutrient management options, a lack of knowledge of the potential threats from acid sulphate soil inundation and also the lack of suitable planning tools. 
  
LONG TERM OBJECTIVES
1.  The overall  aim  is  to  increase  the  adaptive  capacity of  rice production  systems  in  the Mekong Delta Region to enable high, resilient, crop yields.
2. To provide researchers, farmers and management agencies with the technologies and knowledge that will improve food security in the Mekong Delta.
3. To develop new field phenotyping technologies in the Mekong Delta provinces to identify traits for salt and drought tolerance in rice.
4. To develop collaborations that will lead to trait characterisation for resistance to abiotic stresses and enable effective deployment of these traits into breeding materials.
5. To develop capacity for effective Marker-Assisted Breeding programmes in the Mekong Delta Region to assist in delivery of the new traits.
6. Facilitate collaborations for future joint research activities between the UK and VietNam.
7. To begin long-term scientific engagement of workshop participants for the good of both countries.  
 
THE WORKSHOP – A STARTING POINT
The  workshop  will  enhance  the  capacity  of  the  VietNam  partners  in  Marker-Assisted Breeding and Phenotyping/Identification of traits for stress resilience, enabling the VietNam partners to become a centre of excellence and dissemination for Rice Breeding, with support and collaboration from the UK.  It will also introduce the UK partners to the current issues which face practical implementation of new technologies and their ‘real world’ context.
 
• It will address technical approaches for incorporating Marker-Assisted Breeding into existing rice improvement programmes. 
•  Focus  will  also  be  on  identification  of  traits  for  abiotic  stress  resilience  in  field  and controlled environment conditions by high-throughput screening approaches.
•  Emphasis  will  be  paid  to  data  analysis  from  the  approaches,  using  UoN  Centre  for Integrative Biology (CPIB) expertise (many UK participants are members). This will  include image  analysis,  but  also  bioinformatics  and  comparative  analyses  to  assist  in  trait characterisation.
 
ORGANIZERS
 
University of Nottingham – UK
Zoe Wilson – zoe.wilson@nottingham.ac.uk
Sean Mayes - sean.mayes@nottingham.ac.uk
 
High Agricultural Technology Research Institute for Mekong delta - VietNam
Nguyen Thi Lang - ntlang@hcm.vnn.vn
 
 
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