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Farewell to the Lose-Lose Reality of Policing Plant Imports.

Zamir D - PLoS Biol. (2016)

Bottom Line: In an age of free international shipments of mail-ordered seeds and plants, more policing will not stop the global migration of hitchhiking pests.The solution is in a preemptive response based on an internationally coordinated genomic deployment of global biodiversity in the largest breeding project since the "Garden of Eden." This plan will enrich the narrow genetic basis of annual and perennial plants with adaptations to changing environments and resistances to the pests of the future.

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Affiliation: The Institute of Plant Sciences and Genetics, Faculty of Agriculture, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel.

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In an age of free international shipments of mail-ordered seeds and plants, more policing will not stop the global migration of hitchhiking pests. The solution is in a preemptive response based on an internationally coordinated genomic deployment of global biodiversity in the largest breeding project since the "Garden of Eden." This plan will enrich the narrow genetic basis of annual and perennial plants with adaptations to changing environments and resistances to the pests of the future.

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The “Garden of Eden” for plant breeders (by Rachel Meyer).
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pbio.1002438.g001: The “Garden of Eden” for plant breeders (by Rachel Meyer).

Mentions: The proposed conceptual change in our response to future pests is based on maintaining the inclusive international framework of the IPPC and using its organizational strength and resources as a springboard to launch a global preemptive biodiversity-based breeding project (Fig 1). It is important to emphasize that here I develop the scientific rational for the project and evade issues of governance, financing, the identity of the species involved in the hybridization efforts, and the manner of involvement of the private sector. The objective of this commentary is to kick-start a debate that will lead to the evolution of international frameworks that will go beyond the improvement of the resilience of plants to pests. This international breeding effort will involve sites in biodiversity-rich countries that will build the scientific capacity of trained personnel and the appropriate infrastructure to implement a genetic crossing plan involving diverse accessions and wild species of hundreds of annual and perennial plants species. The created plantations and seed of the “mixed breeds” will be shared among the sites and will be challenged with local pests by planting them in different environments and recording their health and development. Other components of the project that will be centrally implemented include the following:


Farewell to the Lose-Lose Reality of Policing Plant Imports.

Zamir D - PLoS Biol. (2016)

The “Garden of Eden” for plant breeders (by Rachel Meyer).
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
Show All Figures
getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4836673&req=5

pbio.1002438.g001: The “Garden of Eden” for plant breeders (by Rachel Meyer).
Mentions: The proposed conceptual change in our response to future pests is based on maintaining the inclusive international framework of the IPPC and using its organizational strength and resources as a springboard to launch a global preemptive biodiversity-based breeding project (Fig 1). It is important to emphasize that here I develop the scientific rational for the project and evade issues of governance, financing, the identity of the species involved in the hybridization efforts, and the manner of involvement of the private sector. The objective of this commentary is to kick-start a debate that will lead to the evolution of international frameworks that will go beyond the improvement of the resilience of plants to pests. This international breeding effort will involve sites in biodiversity-rich countries that will build the scientific capacity of trained personnel and the appropriate infrastructure to implement a genetic crossing plan involving diverse accessions and wild species of hundreds of annual and perennial plants species. The created plantations and seed of the “mixed breeds” will be shared among the sites and will be challenged with local pests by planting them in different environments and recording their health and development. Other components of the project that will be centrally implemented include the following:

Bottom Line: In an age of free international shipments of mail-ordered seeds and plants, more policing will not stop the global migration of hitchhiking pests.The solution is in a preemptive response based on an internationally coordinated genomic deployment of global biodiversity in the largest breeding project since the "Garden of Eden." This plan will enrich the narrow genetic basis of annual and perennial plants with adaptations to changing environments and resistances to the pests of the future.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: The Institute of Plant Sciences and Genetics, Faculty of Agriculture, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel.

ABSTRACT
In an age of free international shipments of mail-ordered seeds and plants, more policing will not stop the global migration of hitchhiking pests. The solution is in a preemptive response based on an internationally coordinated genomic deployment of global biodiversity in the largest breeding project since the "Garden of Eden." This plan will enrich the narrow genetic basis of annual and perennial plants with adaptations to changing environments and resistances to the pests of the future.

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Related in: MedlinePlus