Video about genebank standards

There is also a video about the updated genebank standards.


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Updated genebanks standards in six languages and quinoa descriptors now also in French

The final version of the updated genebank standards has been published and is available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese and Russian from the FAO web site — and the new quinoa descriptors have been translated into French.

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International conference on: Capturing wild relative and landrace diversity for crop improvement

The PGR Secure consortium and the European Association for Research on Plant Breeding (EUCARPIA) have recently announced the joint international conference on utilization and conservation of crop wild relative (CWR) and landrace (LR) diversity for crop improvement.
The conference will be held at NIAB Innovation Farm, Cambridge, UK, 17-21 June 2014. Read more at

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Updated descriptor list for quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.).

It’s the year of quinoa – and the old descriptor list from 1981 has been updated – and expanded to include also wild relatives of quinoa. Get the list here:[showUid]=7289

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Updated genebank standards endorsed by CGRFA

The updated Genebank Standards for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture were endorsed by the Commission for Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) at its Fourteenth Regular Session held from 15 – 19 April 2013. They update the FAO/IPGRI genebank standards which had been published in 1994. The updated Genebank Standards comprise standards for orthodox seeds, non-orthodox seeds and vegetatively propagated plants. The Standards are available from the following web site: and shall be published in all UN languages.

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Four decades of collecting mission data online

Bioversity International has released the new version of it’s collecting mission database. Read more about Four decades of collecting mission data online: an agricultural heritage of cultivated plants and their wild relatives

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You can contribute to the revision of quinoa descriptors (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.)

Bioversity International is currently conducting a review of its original publication ‘Descriptores de quinua’ (CIRF, 1985) in Spanish. This revision -very timely as it coincides with the International Year of Quinoa, 2013 as stated by FAO- will promote the use of quinoa, one of the most nutritious and resilient crops in the world. This work is the result of Bioversity collaboration with FAO Regional Office for Latin America and The Caribbean, PROINPA, INIAF and many quinoa experts around the world.

The web link of the survey is: and deadline has been set for 28th February 2013.

Bioversity International realiza actualmente una revisión de la publicación original ‘Descriptores de quinua’ (CIRF, 1985). La revisión de estos descriptores para la promoción del uso de quinua -uno de los cultivos más nutritivos y resistentes del mundo- es sumamente oportuno ya que coincide con la celebración del Año Internacional de la Quinua, 2013, según lo declarado por la FAO. Este trabajo es producto de la colaboración de Bioversity, la Oficina Regional de la FAO para America Latina y El Caribe, PROINPA y el INIAF.

Si desea participar en la encuesta puede utilizar el siguiente enlace: y enviarnos sus comentarios antes del 28 de febrero de 2013.


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