[Blueboard] Seminar announcement

Dr. Fabian M. Dayrit fdayrit at ateneo.edu
Wed Jan 10 08:28:01 PHT 2007

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You are cordially invited to the following seminar:

Date/Time: January 15, 2007, Monday; 10:30-11:20am
Place: Ching Tan Room

Plant Genetic Resources of Tropical rain forests, Ghats and associated
Planes of Southern India

Dr. P. Thomas Mathew
Reader, Dept. of Botany, Union Christian College, Aluva
Kerala, India
Visiting Fellow of the United Board of Christian Higher Education
Association (UBCHEA)

     Plant genetic resources are the assemblage of total gene diversity of
crop plants and their genetic relatives.  Forests, grasslands, wetlands,
deserts, mountains (Ghats), coastal and marine regions are the major
pockets of these resources. Crop species or cultivated species are those
in which the evolutionary process has been influenced by humans to meet
their needs (domestication).  That means crop plants were evolved from
their wild relatives and thus wild relatives are the gene banks for plant
breeding and also the raw materials for genetic engineering.
     According to Vavilov(1947) the place of origin of a cultivated plant
is the region in which it possess maximum diversity.  The Indian or
Hindustani centre of origin of cultivated plants is one such region
proposed by Vavilov as the primary centre of origin for a number of crops
such as pulses, vegetables, fruits, yams, and spices.
     The tropical rain forest, ghats and associated planes of Southern
India hosting a number of crop plants with ample genetic variability.  In
this short presentation, we will examine  an overview about these aspects
and how the genetic resources can be a critical factor in providing genes
for genetic improvement of crop plants.

Dr. Fabian M. Dayrit
Dean, School of Science & Engineering
Professor, Department of Chemistry
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights
1108 Quezon City, Philippines

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 154, Manila Central Post Office
0917 Manila, Philippines

Tel: (632) 426-6001 ext 5600
Fax: (632) 426-5985
Email: fdayrit at ateneo.edu

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