Review of FAO/IPGRI List of Multi-crop passport descriptors (MCPD)

The multicrop passport descriptors are a frequently referred to document in the CGKB.
They are going to be reviewed very soon. See a note from the team that is leading that process:

“The objective of the FAO/IPGRI List of Multi-crop Passport Descriptors (MCPD), developed jointly by Bioversity International (formerly IPGRI) and FAO was to provide an internationally agreed standard for the exchange of basic information on plant genetic resources conserved ex situ.

Since its publication in 2001, the MCPD list has been widely adopted by a number of crop networks, CGIAR centres, international organizations and national genebanks around the world, as well as by global and regional information sharing initiatives such as the GCP Passport Ontology, the Germinate software and EURISCO. Recently it has been adopted by USDA-GRIN and applied in the development of GENESYS.

After almost ten years, Bioversity and FAO have undertaken a revision of the MCPD list, to evaluate its current validity and eventually to accommodate emerging issues which may be of relevance (e.g. inclusion of descriptors on the International Treaty’s Multilateral System). This of course will be done by trying to preserve the MCPD original value and by taking into consideration the fact that it is currently widely applied and that any radical change might result in adverse effects on the standardization attempts.

We are currently having consultations with some experts on the proposed list of modifications and plan to run a user survey involving National Programmes, CGIAR centres, USDA, and the International Treaty in February, 2011. We would most welcome valuable advice from partners.

Adriana Alercia
Michael Mackay
Stefano Diulgheroff”

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