Coordinated Research Projects

The Plant Breeding and Genetics Subprogramme of the Joint FAO/IAEA Programme of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture plays a unique role in providing expertise to supplement conventional and traditional applications with nuclear techniques in all areas of food and agriculture, to create applied R&D networks and improve technology, and to provide capacity building and transfer of technologies necessary for improved agricultural security, safety and sustainability. This is achieved through a strong network of 400-500 institutions in Member States, working together under Coordinated Research Projects (CRPs). Each project focuses on specific topics to find solutions relevant to the application of nuclear and related technologies for the development of sustainable agriculture with high productivity even in harsh and changing environments (drought, salinity, and diseases), crop quality and subsequently food quality, and also the understanding of genome functions through the use of nuclear techniques associated to advanced molecular techniques, such as TILLING.

The results are freely available for immediate application to Member States and the international scientific community through dissemination in relevant international journals, and IAEA and FAO technical publications. The knowledge gained through CRPs and other scientific collaborations is used to enhance the implementation of outstanding science based mutation assisted breeding programme.

On a yearly basis the Plant Breeding and Genetics Sub-programme manages 6 CRPs based on 5 year contracts involving 15 collaborators: 10 scientists from developing countries; the Contract Holders and 5 scientists from more advanced institutions in developed countries; the Agreement Holders. 37 Member States have participated in CRPs with a staff member of the Plant Breeding and Genetics Section as scientific secretary: ARGENTINA, AUSTRALIA, BANGLADESH, BRAZIL, BULGARIA, CHINA, COLOMBIA, CUBA, CZECH REPUBLIC, EGYPT, FRANCE, GERMANY, GHANA, ICELAND, INDIA, INDONESIA, IRAN, ISRAEL, ITALY, JAPAN, KENYA, REPUBLIC OF KOREA, THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA, MEXICO, NIGERIA, PAKISTAN, THE PHILIPPINES, POLAND, SOUTH AFRICA, SWITZERLAND, THAILAND, TUNISIA, TURKEY, UKRAINE, UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, VIET NAM.

Progresses of ongoing research can be found in Active CRPs.

Information on the IAEA Coordinated Research Programme and how to apply to new CRPs, can be found in Coordinated Research Activities Website.

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