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Flagship Project 1: Discovery research for enhanced utilization of RTB genetic resources
The objective of Flagship Project 1 (FP1) is to develop and apply leading-edge science toward faster and more precise development of user-demanded varieties and to support the long-term conservation and use of genetic diversity. New varieties have the potential to respond to a wide range of development and environmental challenges, and are typically near the top of the list of production technology components requested by farmers. The characteristics of these varieties have impact throughout the value chain – from production to processing to consumer acceptance in the marketplace. Higher productivity, resilience and high quality in intensified, sustainable systems can be the main avenue not only for raising incomes and nutritional status of small-scale farmers but also reducing the expansion of crops into fragile ecosystems. We are becoming more aware of variety traits that have the potential especially to meet the needs and opportunities for women, e.g. traits related to crop management, processing efficiency, nutrient content, and physical-chemical traits of consumed products.
The ability of RTB to meet these demands is being greatly enhanced by new tools and methods to accelerate genetic gains, by access to broader and better-defined genetic diversity, and by working together more effectively to exploit synergies and share common resources across RTB crops.
The clonally propagated RTB crops have unique challenges to overcome in order to move faster and more precisely toward user-prioritized breeding goals, whether with traditional or new tools and methods. At the same time, vegetative propagation has advantages unavailable to grain crops: any trait can be fixed and propagated indefinitely.
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Key target outcomes for Flagship 1 include (by 2022)
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