Breeding of tropical and Mediterranean crops: a diversity of contexts and strategies
The crops plants cultivated in the tropical and Mediterranean regions are representing a diverse range of situations, depending on the plant biological/reproduction system, the cultural status (perennial/annuals), the agricultural/agrosystem context (level of intensification, capacity for innovation), and value chain (subsistence/cash-industrial).
The community of scientists and crop specialists in Agropolis has accumulated an important experience and specialized skills in their various respective crops/products, including through applied breeding programs. All these crops represent as many “case studies”, all illustrative to demonstrate to students how modern scientific and methodological advances, can be translated into modern breeding approaches.
The CultiVar module (12 hrs) is integral part of a larger teaching unit (25 hrs) of the master (M1) "Plant Biology" of university of Montpellier, in which the bases of plant genetics and plant breeding are taught to students. A series of seminars, or "crop monographs", related to some chosen important commodities are proposed representing the spectrum of diversity among different cultivated crops, products and chains.
Specifically the module, scheduled for the end of 2017, will consider different case examples illustrating the breeding strategies deployed in some important Mediterranean and tropical crops, such as banana, coffee, cotton, grapewine, rice, sorghum, and sugarcane. It is coordinated by Fabrice Varoquaux (University Montpellier) and Jean-Marc Lacape (unit Agap, team GS), other contributors are from unit Agap (team GIV: Nour Ahmadi and Gilles Trouche, team APMV: Frédéric Bakry, team DDSE: Jean Christophe Glaszmann, team DAAV: Patrice This) and unit IPME (team CoffeeAdapt: Benoit Bertrand)