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Participatory cotton breeding for organic and low input farming in India

Messmer, Monika; Roner, Tina; Finckh, Maria R.; Forster, Dionys; Rajeev, Verma; Rajeev, Baruah and Shreekant S, Patil (2011) Participatory cotton breeding for organic and low input farming in India. Poster at: ECO-PB Breeding Conference 2011: Organic Plant Breeding: What makes the difference? 10 years’ Anniversary Conference, Frankfurt, Germany, 3rd and 4th November 2011. [Submitted]

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Organic cotton production currently takes place in 22 countries resulting in 241’697 metric tons of fibre and 1.1% of the global cotton production (Truscott et al. 2010). Up to 80% of world’s organic cotton is produced in India. However, this market is threatened due to the displacement of traditional cotton species and cultivars by genetically modified (GM) hybrids selected for high input farming. Organic cotton farmers are facing increased difficulties in finding suitable cultivars in India (Nemes, 2010). Moreover, there is a big risk of physical and genetic contamination of organic cotton with GM cotton and the loss of locally adapted genetic resources. Therefore fast action is needed to re-establish a GM-free seed chain and breeding programs for cultivars suited for organic and low input farming conditions.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Keywords:breeding, cotton, india, organic farming, low input farming, Bodenwissenschaften, ECO-PB, Pflanzenzüchtung, Baumwolle
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Breeding, genetics and propagation
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Soil Sciences
Germany > University of Kassel > Department of Soil Science
Related Links:http://farmhub.organicexchange.org/upload/Homepage/Features/FiBL_Poster_ParticipatoryCottonBreeding.pdf
Deposited By: Messmer, Dr. Monika
ID Code:20040
Deposited On:04 Jan 2012 09:49
Last Modified:05 Nov 2014 10:01
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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