InterDrought VI Congress proceedings now online

9 June 2020


InterDrought VI Congress proceedings are now online with free global access

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 VI congress addresses the latest developments relevant to this global challenge.

InterDrought2020 (IDVI) is the sixth congress in the series and builds on the previous success of congresses held in Montpellier 1995, Rome 2005, Shanghai 2009, Perth 2013, and Hyderabad 2017.

IDVI presents the state of the art on the global scientific endeavour to advance plant production in water-limited situations.

The Congress brings together scientific leaders from across the world to present and discuss the latest research and technology developments relevant to this challenge. IDVI embraces the philosophy of presenting and integrating results of both applied and basic research towards the development of solutions for improving crop production under drought-prone conditions.

Internationally recognised keynote speakers participated in the seven main sessions that are supported by nine symposia convened by global experts on topics ranging from breeding and management approaches to the basic science of plant - water relations.

IDVI was scheduled to be held in Mexico City in March 2020. As it was not possible to proceed with the congress as a face-to-face meeting due to the travel restrictions associated with the coronavirus pandemic, the organising committee has delivered the IDVI scientific program online.   

Today the IDVI committee extended the reach of the congress proceedings by providing free online access to 43 presentations, 75 abstracts and 35 posters to the global community. 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.

IDVI has been organized by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and The University of Queensland. The organizers share a strong history of collaboration in crop research and agronomy that seeks to increase wheat’s tolerance to drought and its yield potential in hot conditions, such as those seen in Queensland, Australia, and Sonora, Mexico.  

On behalf of CIMMYT and the IDVI committee, I would like to thank our major sponsors Corteva, the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), The University of Queensland and supporting sponsors in silico Plants, Journal of Experimental Botany, illumina, analitek, and LI-COR.  Our sponsor’s belief in the value of the scientific content enabled us to deliver the IDVI proceedings to not only delegates but the broader scientific community.

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I encourage you to watch the presentations and view the IDVI congress proceedings.

For more information contact: 
Professor Graeme Hammer
Chair of InterDrought VI congress committee

Interdrought 2020 (also known as IDVI) has been organized with support from major sponsors Corteva, the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and The University of Queensland. 

The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) is the global leader in publicly-funded maize and wheat research and related farming systems. Headquartered near Mexico City, CIMMYT works with hundreds of partners throughout the developing world to sustainably increase the productivity of maize and wheat cropping systems, thus improving global food security and reducing poverty. CIMMYT is a member of the CGIAR System and leads the CGIAR Research Programs on Maize and Wheat and the Excellence in Breeding Platform. The Center receives support from national governments, foundations, development banks and other public and private agencies.
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About QAAFI at The University of Queensland
The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) is a research institute of The University of Queensland supported by the Queensland Government via the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. QAAFI is comprised of four inter-related research centres working across crops, horticulture, animals, and nutrition and food sciences, with a focus on addressing challenges in the tropical and subtropical systems.
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