Conservation of plant genetic resources in the Netherlands

Th.J.L. van Hintum, L.J.M. van Soest

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    Ex situ plant genetic resources conservation activities in the Netherlands are centralized in the Centre for Genetic Resources, The Netherlands (CGN), part of the CPRO-DLO. This Centre contributes to an international network of genebanks through its germplasm collections and its methodological research. The CGN collections were largely obtained from breeding institutes in Wageningen and additional collection missions, CGN concentrates its activities on a number of base collections, i.e., Lactuca, Brassica oleracea, Beta, Allium and wild and primitive tuber-bearing Solanum species. The material is stored as seeds under optimal conditions. The collections are regenerated, characterized, documented and distributed as a routine activity. The methodological research concentrates on the composition and availability of germplasm collections. Issues that were or are studied include duplication in genebanks, core collections, marker technology for genebanks, central crop databases, use of Internet for genebanks, and on-farm management of plant genetic resources.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)145-152
    JournalPlant varieties and seeds : an international journal edited by National Institute of Agricultural Botany
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1997

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