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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Inaugural Session
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Welcome Video   Rajeev Varshney
Conference Org. Chair
Introduction and welcome Video   Anu Chitikineni
Senior Manager, CEG
ICRISAT
Welcome message Video   J S Sandhu
InterDrought Vice Chair & Deputy Director General (Crop Science)
Indian Council of Agricultural Research
Introduction to the Conference Topic Video   Francois Tardieu
InterDrought Chair
Opening address Video   David Bergvinson
Director General, ICRISAT
Inspirational address Video   Shobhana K Pattanayak
Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare
Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
Govt of India
Inaugural lecture: Science to Reduce Risk in the Quest to
                             End Hunger
Video   Rob Bertram
Chief Scientist
Bureau of Food Security USAID, USA
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Session I: Setting the biophysical context: climatic/soil constraints
Co-Chairs:
Gurbachan Singh,
ASRB, India
Roberto Tuberosa, University of Bologna, Italy
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Climate change impact on crops linking research to the scales of problem perception Video Frank A. Ewert
University of Bonn
Germany
Plant water use and carbon gain and the isotopologues of carbon dioxide (in the context of climate change) Video Graham Farquhar
Australian National University
Australia
Water flow to roots: dynamic effects of soil drying, transpiration rates and the properties of the root-soil interface Video Andrea Carminati
University of Goettingen
Germany
Facilitated discussion Video  
Session II: Maximising dryland crop production crop design
Co-Chairs:
Jairo Palta, The University of Western Australia, Australia
Himanshu Pathak, ICAR-NRRI, India
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New tools for characterizing plant and soil water status Video Baret Frederic
French National Institute for Agricultural Research
France
The possibilities of breeding: What can/has been changed,
what can/has not?
Video Mark Cooper
Dupont Pioneer
USA
Is E well enough considered in GxExM analyses? Video Peter Carberry
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
India
Facilitated discussion Video  
Session III: Plant productivity under drought I Effective capture of water
Co-Chairs:
Neil Turner,
The University of Western Australia, Australia
OP Yadav, ICAR- CAZRI, India
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Root system architecture beyond geometry: new opportunities or undue complexity? Video Xavier Draye
Universite catholique
de Louvain
Belgium
Roles of root aquaporins under drought and salinity Video Stephen Tyerman
University of Adelaide
Australia
Characterising root trait variability in chickpea
(Cicer arietinum L.) germplasm for adaptation to dryland environments
Video Kadambot Siddique
The University of Western Australia
Australia
Root type matters: measurement of water uptake by seminal, crown and lateral roots in maize Video Mutez Ahmed
University of Goettingen
Germany
Enhancing drought tolerance in chickpea using genomics approaches Video Mahendar Thudi
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
India
Trait introgression to evolve Rice cultivars suitable for the water saving aerobic cultivation: Evidence for physiological breeding Video Sheshshayee Sreeman
University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS)-Bangalore
India
Facilitated discussion Video  
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Session IV: Plant productivity under drought II Transpiration efficiency
Co-Chairs:
Graeme Hammer, University of Queensland, Australia
Shoba Sivasankar, Director, CRPs GLs and Cereals, India
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Adapting crops for semi-arid-tropical (SAT) agricultural systems; progress in TE research Video Jana Kholova
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
India
Towards genetic improvement of root system architecture to enhance rice productivity under drought stress Video Yusaku Uga
National Agricultural and Food Research Organization (NARO)
Japan
Characterization of the maize ABA receptor and PP2C gene families reveal a subset of maize ABA receptors contribute to water use efficiency in early development Video
Michael Bartsch
Syngenta Crop Protection
Switzerland
Mining soybean genetic diversity to identify genetic markers and physiological mechanisms underlying carbon isotope discrimination Video Arun Dhanapal
University of Missouri
USA
Introgression of drought tolerance traits into adapted Kenyan chickpea varieties using marker assisted backcrossing (MABC) Video Alice Kosgei
Machakos University College
Kenya
Breeding grapevine for an efficient use of water by lowering night-time transpiration Video Aude Coupel-Ledru
INRA-LEPSE
France
Stay-green QTL Stg3B is the key QTL associated with improved grain and stover yield under post-rainy sorghum growing conditions Video Harvinder Talwar
ICAR-Indian Institute of Millets Research (IIMR)
India
Facilitated Discussion Video  
Session V: Plant productivity under drought III Vegetative Growth
Co-Chairs:
Lizhong Xiong,
Huazhong Agri University, China
Kailash Bansal, ICAR- NAHEP, India
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Physiological controls of maize nodal root growth under drought: a (re)heightened priority Video Robert Sharp
University of Missouri
USA
Genetic variability of plant responses to evaporative demand and water deficit, a forward integration from phenotyping to simulation of plant performances in the field Video Boris Parent
INRA LEPSE
France
Analysing desiccation tolerance using transcriptome and genome sequence information Video Dorothea Bartels
University of Bonn
Germany
Dissection of physiological, genetic, and metabolic traits in two tall fescue genotypes with contrasting drought tolerance Video Yun Kang
The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
USA
Negative regulation of drought tolerance in rice by jasmonic acid : evidences from physiological traits, root proteome and metabolites Video Rohit Dhakarey
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Germany
Bridging the generation gap: On the hunt to solve stress tolerance during vegetative and reproductive development Video Amal Johnston
University of Heidelberg
Germany
Facilitated Discussion Video  
Workshop - Next Generation Genomics & Molecular Breeding Platforms
Co-Chairs:
Dave Edwards, The University of Western Australia, Australia
Rajeev K Varshney, ICRISAT RP- Genetic Gains, India
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The BGISEQ-500 sequencing platform for multiple research applications Video Xin Liu
BGI Research
China
Using genomics to breed for the future: Sequencing and genotyping platforms Video Ryan Rapp
Illumina Inc.,
USA
Delivering higher rates of genetic gain to farmers in drought-prone environments Video Gary Atlin
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
USA
The assembly, analysis and application of pangenomes Video Dave Edwards
University of
Western Australia
Australia
Genotyping by Sequencing: Which application is
right for me?
Video Jacqueline Batley
University of
Western Australia
Australia
Co-Organizers Video   Rajeev K Varshney
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
India
Friday, February 24, 2017
Session VI: Reproductive development, yield, yield quality
Co-Chairs:
Tony Fischer,
CSIRO, Australia
Victor Nwosu, MARS Inc., USA
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Maize reproductive development and kernel set under limited plant growth environments Video Lucas Borras
Universidad Nacional de Rosario
Argentina
Genetic basis of wheat yield under dry and hot climates Video Delphine Fleury
University of Adelaide
Australia
Efforts and strategies for enhancement of drought tolerance in chickpea Video Alok Das
ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research (IIPR)
India
Transgenic and CRISPR Cas approaches to improving the grain yield of maize under drought stress conditions Video Amitabh Mohanty
Dupont Pioneer
India
Elaborating a unique regulon for rice yield under drought: component genes underpin or are affected by transcriptional, posttranslational, biochemical and epigenetic mechanisms Video Ajay Kohli
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
Philippines
Exploring QTLxE in a network of fields: identification of QTLs associated with scenarios of heat and drought for predicting yields in future climates Video Emilie Millet
INRA-LEPSE
France
Molecular genetic analysis of root system architecture and drought tolerance in soybean Video Babu Valliyodan
University of Missouri
USA
Facilitated discussion Video  
Session VII: Breeding for water-limited environments
Co-Chairs:
KHM Siddique,
UWA Institute of Agriculture, Australia
Shiv Kimothi,
ADG-ICAR, India
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The definition and development of watersaving and drought-resistance Rice (WDR) Video
Lijun Luo
Shanghai Agrobiological Gene Center
China
Climate-resilient sorghum breeding in West Africa Sudano-Sahelian environments Video
Niaba Teme
Institut d'Economie Rurale (IER)
Mali
Success stories in rice breeding for drought tolerance in India Video HE Shashidhar
University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore
India
Genetic control of nodal root angle is associated with drought tolerance in sorghum Video Vijaya Singh
University of Queensland
Australia
Drought tolerant cowpea lines derived through
Marker Assisted Recurrent Selection
Video Ousmane Boukar
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Nigeria
Chickpea breeding for water-limited environments Video Pooran Gaur
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
India
Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) genotypes present high variability of stem carbohydrates and differences in the expression of genes regulating fructan metabolism under contrasting water regimes Video
Alejandro del Pozo
Universidad de Talca
Chile
Legume breeding and seed systems for improved livelihoods and impact Video Emmanuel Monyo
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
Kenya
Facilitated discussion Video  
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Session VIII: Agronomic management / cropping systems for water-limited
environments, broad approaches

Co-Chairs:
Steven Brown,
The Peanut Foundation, USA
Anthony Whitbread, ICRISAT RP-Innovation Systems, India
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Understanding and quantifying the drivers of yield under drought and yield potential Video Victor Sadras
South Australian Research and Development Institute
Australia
Pushing rain-fed agriculture towards aridity: Success and surprise in the plains of Argentina Video Esteban Jobbagy
Grupo de Estudios Amblentales
Argentina
Irrigation strategies coupled with genotypes Video Elias Fereres
University of Cordoba
Spain
Rainfall, soil sand content, and depth of soil compaction predominantly affect rice yield reduction by reproductive-stage drought at varietal screening sites in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal Video Amelia Henry
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)
Philippines
Comparison between groundwater withdrawals for irrigation and estimated crop water requirements in the Kairouan plain Video Fajr Fradi
National Agricultural Research Institute of Tunisia
Tunisia
N-fertilising rainfed wheat and barley to intensify cereal production in the Mediterranean basin Video Roxana Savin
University of Lleida
Spain
Adoption of soil and water conservation practices under different farming systems in the Sahel region of northern Mali Video Birhanu Zemadim
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
Mali
Effect of plastic film mulching and nitrogen on N2O emission in dryland maize Video Shanchao Yue
Northwest A&F University
China
Intercropped woody species in the Sahel to resist drought: beneficial microorganisms and common mycorrhizal hyphal networks to reduce water stress. Video Richard Dick
Ohio state University
USA
Facilitated discussion Video  
Closing Session                              
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Forum by young scientists nominated by the
steering committee : Questions raised by the congress,
future, what they have learnt
Video
Inspirational Address Video Shri Krishna Byre Gowda
Hon. Minister of Agriculture
Government of Karnataka
India
Conclusion : Main points raised during the congress Video Francois Tardieu
Institut National De La Recherche Agronomique (INRA)
France
Concluding remarks Video
  Peter Carberry
DDG-Research, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
India
Acknowledgements Video   Rajeev Varshney
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
India
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