Plant and societies: a shared history

A cultivar (or variety) is a human construct resulting from different biological and social processes: reproduction, selection, exchanges, diffusion… Time frames range from long periods to short term effects of environmental or social disruption. Geographic scales vary from field to region, or even transcontinental diffusion.

Knowing these processes is necessary to create or disseminate varieties that meet the diverse needs of farmers, with good chances of adoption, retention and dissemination, and to contribute to a sound management of crop diversity.

By the end of the course, students will have an insight into:

  • the history of domestication and diversification (societies and crop co-evolution): phylogenetics , archeology, linguistics, ancient DNA
  • the current conditions of diversity maintenance: ethno-botany, social rules of exchange, uses together with concepts and practice on farm diversity surveys
  • conservation strategies: in situ and ex-situ
  • pre-breeding strategies
  • global dissemination of local varieties; history and changes in Plant genetic resource regulations; access and benefit sharing

This one-week course will include lectures, discussion, group-learning and practice sessions. It is dedicated to PhD students.

Next session : 20 to 24 November 2017.

It is organized by GREEN, AGAP, CEFE and DIADE units.

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