Archive for June, 2012

New section on collecting plant diversity

Thanks to the efforts of a team of more than 40 experts around the world, a new resource is now available on how to collect plant diversity for use in food and agriculture and to restore ecosystems: See collecting in the procedures section.

This online manual provides practical guidance on how to sample and collect a wealth of genetic resources – not only crop plants and trees but also wild species, symbiotic bacteria and fungi, pollen and even DNA. It also gives advice on related topics such as ecogeographic surveys, the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and other data management tools, data recording, taxonomic identification and on the legal issues involved in collecting genetic resources. In addition to synthesizing new knowledge, each chapter provides references–many of them available online-and complementary internet resources.

The editors welcome your comments, references, photos, or new procedures. Use the Comments feature at the bottom of each page or the “Add new content” feature on the home page.


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Revised Multi-Crop Passport Descriptors (MCPD V.2) published

The FAO/Bioversity Multi-Crop Passport Descriptors (MCPD V.2) are out!

These descriptors are the result of a thorough revision of the publication originally released by FAO/IPGRI in 2001, which has been widely used as the international standard to facilitate germplasm passport information exchange. In this improved version, the 2001 list of descriptors has been expanded to accommodate emerging documentation needs, derived inter alia from the entry into force of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and its Multilateral System for access and benefit-sharing, and from technological changes such as the broader use of GPS tools.

The descriptors are compatible with Bioversity’s crop descriptor lists, with the descriptors used by the FAO World Information and Early Warning System (WIEWS) on plant genetic resources (PGR), and the GENESYS global portal.

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