Interdrought 2020 congress proceedings now online
Interdrought 2020, organized by CIMMYT and the University of Queensland, was scheduled to take place in Mexico City in March 2020. As it was not possible to proceed with face-to-face meetings due to the travel restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizing committee delivered the scientific program online.
Today the congress committee has extended the reach of congress proceedings by providing the global scientific community with free online access to 43 presentations, 75 abstracts and 35 posters. The complete book of abstracts can also be downloaded. To date, over 10,000 members of the scientific community have been invited to watch presentations and read the proceedings online.
Droughts and water scarcity affect crop production across the world and global climate warming is aggravating this effect.
The critical global challenge of significantly increasing food production by 2050 is exacerbated by water limitations. A central challenge for researchers and policymakers is to devise technologies that lend greater resilience to agricultural production in drier environments.
The Interdrought congress addresses the latest developments relevant to this global challenge, bringing together scientific leaders to present and discuss state of the art solutions to advance plant production in water-limited situations.
The organizers and the congress committee would like to thank major sponsors Corteva, the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), the University of Queensland, and supporting sponsors in silico Plants, the Journal of Experimental Botany, Illumina, Analitek, and LI-COR.