Radish best practices paper

A collaborative study, undertaken by Bioversity International with eight national and international genebanks, utilized the framework provided by the CGKB to develop the radish conservation best practices available in the CGKB crop section. In the paper about their development just published online in GRACE  you can read more about the differences in procedures and practices in radish conservation currently applied in five key genebank activities, namely, acquisition of germplasm, viability testing and monitoring, seed drying, seed storage, and regeneration. While in a few cases genebanks agreed on a specific best practice to recommend, in others it was not desirable to identify one practice as superior to another, therefore a range of existing practices has been included in the CGKB radish best practices pages as a variety of equivalent options. The results of this study highlight the importance of proactive genebank management aimed at meeting the standards within the specific context in which a genebank operates.

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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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Planet under pressure – a live chat about agricultural diversity and our planet

Planet Under Pressure takes place this week – a major event focusing on solutions to the global sustainability challenge, leading up to Rio+20 in June 2012.
Bioversity International is organizing a live chat ‘Agricultural Biodiversity and our Planet’ tomorrow Tuesday 27 March at 14:00 from Rome, Italy (Central European Summer Time – CEST) which you will be able to follow live from here: http://www.bioversityinternational.org/index.php?id=4064.
The expert panel – Emile Frison, Bruce Cogill, Fabrice DeClerck and Stephan Weise – will respond to questions and comments about how agricultural biodiversity can contribute to the global sustainability challenge and improve nutrition and livelihoods in smallholder farming communities.

Bioversity is taking advance questions through Twitter – #abdchat

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Standards and best practices for conservation of clonal crops

A set of three new publications on “Refinement and standardization of storage procedures for clonal crops” has been added to the knowledge base offering updated storage procedures for clonal crops, in particular banana, cassava, potato and yam. Read more and download the publications here:

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Second Global Plan of Action for PGRFA

The Second Global Plan of Action for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture was unanimously approved by the FAO Council at the end of November. See press release and text of GPA2

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Google search

If you search in Google on “Crop genebank” CGKB comes up in the 1st place! That’s a nice piece of news I got today.

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