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About the CRWIL

  • Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, is pairing American ingenuity and expertise with some of the best and brightest minds across the globe through its 24 Feed the Future Innovation Labs.
  • By using conventional breeding approaches, improved breeding tools, and by leveraging genomic resources, the Climate Resilient Innovation Lab is helping develop new wheat varieties that can withstand heat stress in the Indo-Gangetic plains. Conduct high quality basic research to understand molecular and physiological basis of heat tolerance in wheat. Institutional and human resource development to increase intercultural learning and global competencies.

Problem Being Addressed

  • More than $240 billion worth of wheat is lost yearly and heat and drought cost $170 billion/year globally.
  • Even now heat stress is a world-wide problem for wheat production causing significant damage each year. Situation will get worse with climate change.
  • Asian sub-continent with more than half of the world population is particularly vulnerable to heat stress and changing climate with 4oC increase expected by the end of the century jeopardizing the food security of this region.
  • Wheat being heat sensitive crop, every 1oC rise above optimal 28oC cause 3-5% loss of wheat yield.
  • Most agriculture in the South Asia including Indo-gangatic planes is on small-holders including women farmers.
  • Next generation scientists need training in cutting-edge science to jointly solve food security threat in the region.

Solutions by the Innovation Lab

  • Increase wheat yield under heat stress in the target region and the wheat production around the globe including that of USA.
  • Improve farm profitability and quality of lives of small-holder and women farmers via cutting-edge science.
  • Generate novel scientific information about the heat tolerance trait for continual improvement in heat stress tolerance.
  • Training next generation scientists and collaborators in cutting-edge science to collectively increase heat stress tolerance in a sustainable manner.
  • Build human, institutional and infrastructural capacity at the partner institutes for a long-term collaboration to continue solving agricultural problems.

 

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