May 11-June 8, 2021

Breeding and selection of improved species, coupled to systems to propagate and distribute these enhancements, has been a principal driver of productive and sustainable food, fiber, and forestry developments for thousands of years, but many challenges remain. The precision of modern molecular approaches and the appreciation of the importance of “community genetics” is opening new product innovation windows. Opportunities associated with new applications of biological organisms and their products in agriculture, food and development are scaling through the private sector but innovations are required to address the many challenges.