Introduction


Goal

The objective of the International Phytomedomics and Nutriomics Consortium (IPNC) is to form a network to promote research and development on genomics of medicinal plants and nutraceutical crops for addressing the issues of health and nutrition security.


Description

The International Phytomedomics and Nutriomics Consortium (IPNC, erstwhile known as ICPN) was established in 2010 and its first international workshop was organized in 2011 during the International Conference on the Status of Plant and Animal Genome Research (PAG) at San Diego, CA, USA. The main theme of the workshop was to discuss and improve the spectrum of research on medicinal plants and nutraceutical crops for the development of plant based medicines to combat various diseases including cancer, diabetes, and others. Altogether, IPNC successfully organized twelve workshops during the PAG conference since 2011, one in each year from 2011 to 2018 and two each in 2019 and 2020. In the past workshops the speakers have delivered talks on the concepts, strategies, tools and techniques of genomics for depiction of the genomes of medicinal plants and nutraceutical crops, the genes underlying the production of phytomedicines and nutraceuticals and utilization of these information for the enhancement of quantity and quality of the phytochemicals in the plant system. The ICPN workshops in 2021 will be focusing on applications of advanced tools and techniques of omics platform in breeding of medicinal plants and nutraceutical food crops. Comprehensive discussions during the interaction meetings among the participants will emphasize on the development of a roadmap for collaborative research including formulation of the precise plan of actions for future research at global level on the IPNC platform and drafting of a white paper for that purpose.


Welcome address

Chittarajan Kole
The incidence rate of several deadly diseases, particularly cancer and diabetes, is highly alarming. According to the report of the International Agency for Research on Cancer of World Health Organization (https://www.who.int/cancer/PRGlobocanFinal.pdf?ua=1) the global cancer burden is estimated to have risen to 18.1 million new cases and 9.6 million deaths in 2018. Worldwide, the total number of people who are alive within 5 years of a cancer diagnosis, called the 5-year prevalence, is estimated to be 43.8 million. According to the projections by International Diabetes Federation (IDF), in 2017, approximately 425 million adults were living with diabetes; by 2045 this will rise to 629 million (https://www.idf.org/aboutdiabetes/what-is-diabetes/facts-figures.html). Moreover, about 2 billion people in the world are micronutrient deficient, 1.9 billion are overweighed and obese, and 160 million under 5's are stunted. Medicinal plants and nutraceutical crops produce various phytochemicals that have various roles in the plant system. And many of these medicinal herbs and their extracts were also traditionally used as medicines for various human diseases. Utilization of these plants will provide potential options as alternative and complimentary medicines to mitigate these problems. According to the Zion Market Research, the global herbal supplement market is expected to reach approximately USD 86.74 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of around 6.8% between 2017 and 2022. Presently, plant-based drugs contribute 50% to the clinical drugs. This commercial importance coupled with severe prevalence of the deadly diseases underscores the need for the generation of genetic, genomics and breeding resources in medicinal plants and functional food crops. We envisaged the importance of using phytomedicines and nutritional compounds to combat fatal chronic diseases, particularly cancer and diabetes, and established the International Phytomedomics & Nutriomics Consortium (IPNC, erstwhile ICPN) in 2010 and discussed on the concepts, strategies, techniques and tools of phytomedomics and nutriomics at the IPNC workshops since 2011 mainly during the International Plant and Animal Genome Conference held at San Diego, CA, USA.
We invite people from all corners including scientists, scholars, policy makers, funding agencies and private entrepreneurs on this global platform to utilize agri-genomics for health and nutrition security.

Founder Principal Coordinator and President
Chittaranjan Kole