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Next generation root, tuber and
banana crops: raising the bar for
heat, drought, and emerging
diseases
Graham Thiele, Michael Friedmann
and Hugo Campos
Banana
Plantain
Cassava Potato Sweetpotato Yam Other R&T
Our crops
300 million small holder farmers , their families and
processors depend on RTB crops
buffering role in food systems
Climate smart breeding
1. Climate change so fast that current technology
wont be able to keep up!
2. Looking into the future: climate change drivers of
yield loss
3. Key traits and levels to respond to drivers
4. Now: selecting climate smart varieties
5. Keeping ahead of curve: genomic research, gene
editing, precision phenotyping to design-in climate
responsive traits whilst meeting complex user
needs
6. Embed in climate smart management, seed and
food systems
Climate change: pests
and diseases
LB severity—current LB severity—2050 Legend
Figure 5. Predictions of potato late blight severity in sub-Saharan Africa using a metamodel (source: Sparks et al.
2014).
Climate change impacts:
heat and drought in East
Africa - sweetpotato
Current 2050 2090 Legend
Figure 4. Suitability of sweetpotato cultivation in East Africa under high emissions scenario (source: Washington
et al. 2012. Ensemble sresb1 JAPRE Climatic Growth Area). Scale: 0 = unadapted, 4 = optimally adapted.
Screening sweetpotato for heat tolerance N. Peru:
Min Soil temp 24 °C no heat stress vs 30 °C
Experimental site in Piura
1973 accessions from CIP genebank:
Heat tolerance, early bulking yield
Yield of storage roots vs. pencil
roots represent an indicator for heat
tolerance
Thermographic image: field
in summer 2014 - heat
stress exposure at
maximum storage root
bulking
Results
• Large fraction
sweetpotato germplasm
heat stress tolerant
• 305 clones with yields
>12.2 t/ha
• Considerable genetic
variation heat stress
• Large pool favorable
alleles to heat stress
• Large and sustainable
genetic gains expected
Bettina Heider1, Elisa Romero1, Raul Eyzaguirre1, Wolfgang Grüneberg1, Emile
Faye2, Stef de Haan1,3 and Merideth Bonierbale1
1= CIP, 2=IRD (Institut de recherche pour le développement), 3=CIAT
Mozambican farmers with Irene, the most popular of the country’s
drought tolerant, orange-fleshed sweetpotato varieties. Photo:
B.Rokatoarisoa/CIP
Raising the bar with genomics-assisted climate
smart breeding
Varshney et al. 2014
Foresight, models and
metrics for climate
sensitive breeding
Do what we were
already doing but:
Faster
Better
Smarter
Climate
proofing
seed
systems
Wrap up
1. Climate change so fast that current technology wont be
able to keep up!
2. Foresight to understand drivers of yield loss under
climate change
3. Considerable scope adaptation roots and tubers
4. Heat, drought and salinity tolerance complex traits
5. Raise the bar with climate smart breeding – keeping
users needs in mind (gender & trait preferences)
6. Embed in broader context - high priority for teaming up!

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Next generation root, tuber and banana crops: raising the bar for heat, drought, and emerging diseases

  • 1.
  • 2. Next generation root, tuber and banana crops: raising the bar for heat, drought, and emerging diseases Graham Thiele, Michael Friedmann and Hugo Campos
  • 3. Banana Plantain Cassava Potato Sweetpotato Yam Other R&T Our crops 300 million small holder farmers , their families and processors depend on RTB crops buffering role in food systems
  • 4. Climate smart breeding 1. Climate change so fast that current technology wont be able to keep up! 2. Looking into the future: climate change drivers of yield loss 3. Key traits and levels to respond to drivers 4. Now: selecting climate smart varieties 5. Keeping ahead of curve: genomic research, gene editing, precision phenotyping to design-in climate responsive traits whilst meeting complex user needs 6. Embed in climate smart management, seed and food systems
  • 5. Climate change: pests and diseases LB severity—current LB severity—2050 Legend Figure 5. Predictions of potato late blight severity in sub-Saharan Africa using a metamodel (source: Sparks et al. 2014).
  • 6. Climate change impacts: heat and drought in East Africa - sweetpotato Current 2050 2090 Legend Figure 4. Suitability of sweetpotato cultivation in East Africa under high emissions scenario (source: Washington et al. 2012. Ensemble sresb1 JAPRE Climatic Growth Area). Scale: 0 = unadapted, 4 = optimally adapted.
  • 7. Screening sweetpotato for heat tolerance N. Peru: Min Soil temp 24 °C no heat stress vs 30 °C Experimental site in Piura 1973 accessions from CIP genebank: Heat tolerance, early bulking yield Yield of storage roots vs. pencil roots represent an indicator for heat tolerance
  • 8. Thermographic image: field in summer 2014 - heat stress exposure at maximum storage root bulking
  • 9. Results • Large fraction sweetpotato germplasm heat stress tolerant • 305 clones with yields >12.2 t/ha • Considerable genetic variation heat stress • Large pool favorable alleles to heat stress • Large and sustainable genetic gains expected Bettina Heider1, Elisa Romero1, Raul Eyzaguirre1, Wolfgang Grüneberg1, Emile Faye2, Stef de Haan1,3 and Merideth Bonierbale1 1= CIP, 2=IRD (Institut de recherche pour le développement), 3=CIAT
  • 10. Mozambican farmers with Irene, the most popular of the country’s drought tolerant, orange-fleshed sweetpotato varieties. Photo: B.Rokatoarisoa/CIP
  • 11. Raising the bar with genomics-assisted climate smart breeding Varshney et al. 2014 Foresight, models and metrics for climate sensitive breeding Do what we were already doing but: Faster Better Smarter
  • 13. Wrap up 1. Climate change so fast that current technology wont be able to keep up! 2. Foresight to understand drivers of yield loss under climate change 3. Considerable scope adaptation roots and tubers 4. Heat, drought and salinity tolerance complex traits 5. Raise the bar with climate smart breeding – keeping users needs in mind (gender & trait preferences) 6. Embed in broader context - high priority for teaming up!