Asia Oceania Agricultural Proteomics Organization (AOAPO)

There are more than 800 million people in the world who are chronically or acutely malnourished. Because about 70% of the extreme poor who suffer from hunger live in rural areas, the effort to enhance agricultural productivity will be a key factor in halving the numbers of the global population suffering hunger by the year 2015, a key goal by the United Nation Hunger Task Force. Solutions to these problems will require an integrated approach to increase agricultural production and cope with environmental cues. A major challenge for agricultural production and food security is to identify the genes and mechanisms responsible for important traits. These challenges come at a time when the biologists are witnessing remarkable progress in understanding fundamental processes involved in major biological pathways and traits. Using a range of molecular tools, scientists are increasingly able to identify and characterize genes that control key processes and traits, giving them access to unprecedented numbers of genes. Proteomics emerged as a new approach to discovering the genes and pathways that are crucial for agricultural production under diverse environmental conditions. In recent years, technical improvements in the extraction, separation, quantification and identification of proteins have made the high-throughput analysis of proteins feasible and the reproducibility of the technology has reduced errors in assaying protein levels. The development of various bioinformatics and computational tools for integrating proteomics to other omics and physiological data will pave the way for the studies of signaling, regulatory, and metabolic networks underlying desirable phenotypes. Asia Oceania Agricultural Proteomics Organization (AOAPO) has been established to further cooperation on agricultural proteomics in Asia Oceania region:

promote the regional and international exchange of knowledge and research techniques via training fellowships, instructional courses and workshops, as well as organization and funding for regional and international meetings

provide expert advice to governmental and non-governmental agencies on the support of agricultural proteome research

collect and distribute information on agricultural proteome-related programs and projects

promote open access to major resources for agricultural proteomics, such as databases, collections of DNA clones, cell lines and other biological samples

act as liaison with other international organizations involved in proteome research and related development and providing support for or assistance with their activities