The Need For International Cooperation in Germplasm Activities
Over the years plant species have known no political boundaries; selected plants have become dependent on humans; gene pools of wild species as well as landraces of cultivated species have been threatened or reduced; and the development and operation of new gene banks is costly and may not be effective without a trained and adequately funded plant breeding program. Therefore, scientists from all geographic areas and political philosophies must minimize restrictions to easy access of germplasm while working jointly to facilitate adequate long-term collection and maintenance. They must exercise a responsibility for germplasm preservation by insuring that backup collections be held by other gene banks, by developing core collections and sharing useful information on descriptors. Distance involved, the lack of trained curators, the cost of operations, the need for user-friendly descriptors and the necessity for derived benefits from germplasm, all emphasize the need for international cooperation on plant genetic resources as a part of our global heritage to sustain and improve agriculture.Please view the pdf by using the Full Text (PDF) link under 'View' to the left.
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