Genetic Resources, Improvement and Biotechnology Area

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Climate change is increasingly a threat to potato production in both the tropics and subtropics and poses challenges which could undo progress in poverty reduction and markedly increase food insecurity in this regions. Therefore, need to apply new genetic improvement technologies to develop potato varieties tolerant to drought, heat stress, resistance to Late Blight (Phytophthora infestans) and virus, in order to maintain current production levels and even increase the efficiency of potato-based cropping systems and quality in this regions.


• Provide a forum to exchange ideas and discuss current research topics in genetics and plant breeding

• To stimulate the collaboration between groups and programs of genetic research and plant improvement in Latin America, as well as the establishment of joint projects

• Support efforts in the development of new varieties aligned with the demands of potato value chains existing in the continent with the exchange of genetic material, knowledge, as well as experiences of adoption and desimination of new potato varieties in the region


  • Dr. Caroline Castro
  • EMBRAPA - Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária
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