IAEA Deputy Director General Stresses the Potential Role of Induced Mutations in Plants in Curbing Climate Change Effects

Mr. Werner Burkart, IAEA Deputy Director General, Head of the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications. Photo credit, IAEA 12 August 2008: In a speech delivered during the opening of the Food and Agriculture Organization/International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) International Symposium on Induced Mutations in Plants, Werner Burkart, IAEA

Deputy Director General, noted that in 2008, the international community became conscience of the links between climate change, the food and energy crises and hunger.

He stressed the link between these challenges and the role mutation

induction can play by increasing production yields, biomass, nutrient

composition, or the carbon sequestration potential of crops. Burkart stated

that combined technology packages based on mutation induction applied to sound

agriculture will foster new tools to improve plant breeding. [The statement]