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The Genomics of Anti-Commodity: West African Farmer Inter-Specific Rice Hybrids

Seminar   25.02.2009

Starts

30.11.1999

Ends

30.11.1999

Speakers

Distinguished Speaker Professor Paul Richards, Head of the Technology and Agrarian Development Group, Wageningen University

Organised by

Egenis

Venue

University of Exeter,Egenis,Byrne House,St Germans Road,Exeter, EX4 4PJRoom no: GF7, Byrne House

Event details

Time: 11:00 -12:30

The Genomics of Anti-Commodity: West African Farmer Inter-Specific Rice Hybrids

Morphology has, for some time, suggested that West African farmers have produced their own inter-specific (African x Asian) rice hybrids, to match the well-known "nerica" rices released by the African Rice Center (WARDA). A sample of over 300 farmer rice types from five West African coastal countries was subjected to molecular analysis. Statistical grouping shows that "intermediate" farmer-selected types locate in a different classificatory region from Asian and African rice and the "nerica" hybrids. The paper explores the specific sociological and biological conditions under which this local hybridization might have taken place, and elaborates the concept of an "anti-commodity". Attention is paid to the conditions under which genomics might detect and protect anti-commodities, and thus become a "weapon of the weak".The seminar will be of interest both to sociologists, genomicists, plant scientist and population biologists

Further details

http://www.genomicsnetwork.ac.uk/egenis/events/pastevents/seminars/furtherdetails,8202,en.t4.html