Date: 28 October 2020
Time: 08:40-16:15 IST (Indian Standard Time)

Microbial biodiversity makes production systems and livelihoods more resilient to shocks and stresses, including the effects of climate change. It is a key resource in efforts to increase food production while limiting negative impacts on the environment. It makes multiple contributions to the livelihoods of many people, often reducing the need for food and agricultural producers to rely on costly or environmentally harmful external inputs. Although, limited public- and private-sector ex situ conservation initiatives for targeted species of associated biodiversity have been established, with many countries, for instance, holding culture collections of microorganisms used in agriculture or in agri-food industries.

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The Virtual Regional Expert Consultation will be jointly organized by the Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), Bangkok, Thailand, under its programme on Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources (APCoAB), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Microorganisms (NBAIM), India, and Council of Agriculture (COA), Taiwan.