International Climate Resilient Crop Genomics Consortium                     

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International Climate Resilient Crop Genomics Consortium (www.ICRCGC.org) was founded in 2011 to formulate the concepts, strategies, tools and techniques to develop climate-smart crop varieties. Its missions include utilization of the available genomic resources, particularly in the wild crop relatives, and the advanced tools of genomics, specifically next-generation sequencing. ICRCGC organized 22 workshops during the PAG conference in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 2019 and 2020; one workshop in collaboration with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation during the PAG conference in 2012, and one conference in collaboration with International Society of Crop Science held at Brazil in 2012. During these workshops, the deliberations were focused on the basic, 'translational' and participatory research as well as on future priorities. Meantime, a team of ICRCGC members published a review entitled 'Application of genomics-assisted breeding for generation of climate resilient crops: progress and prospects' (Front. Plant Sci. 6:563. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.00563) as an outcome of the white paper drafted by the ICRCGC members (http://www.icrcgc.org/white_paper.html). In parallel, a number of other platforms with crop or geographic focus have been constituted with similar goals as the ICRCGC. Improved synergy, efficiency and outcomes seem likely if the work of these separate groups can be coordinated for fostering collaboration of the crop-wise, trait-wise and region-wise manner, and developing interaction among academia, funding agencies and policy makers to reinforce this global platform.