Project without external funding

Networking on conservation and use of plant genetic resources

Project Details
Project duration: 01/200712/2008

The centres of origin of important food crops, called Vavilov centres, are considered to be crucial of genetic diversity for present and future crop breeding programes and thus for human food safty worldwide. Traditonal crop varieties and crop wild relatives are often highly endemic, ecologically rare, and most of them still survive in vulnerable ecosystems in developing countries. These genetic resources, however, are at risk as never before. In agriculture, the widespread adoption of a few improved varieteis has narrowed the genetic base of important food crops and led to the disappearance of hundreds of landraces. Conserving and using plant genetic diversity of genetic resources for food safety, and the fact that centres of origin are mainly located in developing countries, we are convinced that it is absolutely necessary to link European researches with scientist from these world regions that otherwise do have little or no resources to exchange their research results. Therefore, or project is aimed to open European research networks to Asian research colleagues (working in centres of origin), establish a communication platform and to promote knowledge from the European Union, Israel, Thailand, Vietnam and China. The main objective of this project is - guided by the International Treaty of Plant Genetic Resources - to jointly elaborate a list of recommendation and strategies. These recommendations will be published and made available to researches, policy makers, farmers and the general public. Diverseeds will be based on international dialogue and cooperation between researchers working on genetic resources and agricultural biodiversity. By providing an exchange platform the project will bring mutual benefits for all partners and regions involved.

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