The climate changes in the last years (the decrease of rainfall, the increase of air temperatures, the increase of variability of climate in a year period) have a high influence on the sunflower production.
Sunflower breeding is of a great importance for the plant adaptation to the climate change. There is necessary to understand the genetic and molecular mechanisms which control the plant physiology and growing, to know the good characteristics for the hybrids, in the near future. Also, it is necessary to identify the molecular and genetic factors which are involved in resistance to drought. The identification of genes which can optimize the combining ability for productivity, in climate change conditions is very important. The climate changes have influence also, in the pathogens developing, the resistance of the host plant, also the pathogen-host interaction. For increasing the sustainability of the production, in the climate change conditions it is necessary also, the adaptation through the cultivation practices.
The workshop is going to cover aspects related to sunflower adaptation to climate change by understanding the genome functioning, Pest and diseases in climate change conditions, Stability of production.