Digital Twin for Harnessing Genetic Wealth in Crop Wild Relatives

A webinar that aims to present how data modelling and crop wild relatives can transform sustainable agriculture

Join us for an enlightening webinar that aims to present how harnessing hidden genetic wealth from Crop Wild Relatives through Digital Twinning can transform sustainable agriculture.

The ever-expanding global population, coupled with the challenges posed by climate change, shows the pressing need to address food security. To counteract global food insecurity, it is imperative to boost food production by developing crop varieties with increased yields, enhanced nutrition, and resilience against diseases and environmental changes. The untapped genetic resources present in Crop Wild Relatives play a crucial role in achieving these objectives.

This webinar will showcase the innovative utilisation of MoDGP (Modelling the Distribution of Germplasms of Interest), a recently developed modeling approach, in conjunction with FIGS (Focused Identification of Germplasm Strategy), an existing tool. We will explore the application of these tools to unlock the transformative potential of digital twinning—a cutting-edge technology for model-based identification and utilisation of genetic resources. Digital twinning streamlines data integration, facilitates dynamic model updates, automates uncertainty analysis, and provides alerts for desirable genetic traits. This groundbreaking approach is poised to benefit plant breeders, conservationists, and policymakers alike.

Crop Wild Relatives, a central focus of the BioDT project, will be highlighted as a prominent use case during the webinar. Don't miss this opportunity to dive into the future of sustainable agriculture and learn how digital twinning can unveil the untapped genetic potential within Crop Wild Relatives.


Agenda (all times CET)

  • 14:00 - 14:10: Welcome and introduction – Joanne Ahern, Communication, Dissemination and Outreach Specialist at Trust-IT Services srl
  • 14:10 - 14:25: Introduction to and demonstration of the MoDGP (Modeling the Distribution of Germplasms of Interest) tool - Desalegn Chala, Researcher at Natural History Museum, University of Oslo. [SLIDES]
  • 14:25 - 14:40 - Introduction to and demonstration of the FIGS (Focused Identification of Germplasm Strategy) tool - Zakaria Kehel, Research Team Leader "Genetic Resources, conservation, characterization, and use (GRS)" at International Center for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) [SLIDES]
  • 14:40 - 15:00 - Q&A


Digital Twin for Harnessing Genetic Wealth in Crop Wild Relatives
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