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Base-collections of Crop Genetic Resources: Their Future Importance in a Man-dominated World

  • Kar-Ling Tao (a1), J. Trevor Williams (a2) and Dick H. van Sloten (a3)

Plant genetic resources are vital in safeguarding and increasing crop production and enhancing human nutrition, particularly in a Man-dominated world. Crop genetic resources are currently under threat of loss for various reasons. Conservation as seed is the most common and practicable method of preserving plant genetic resources. The International Board for Plant Genetic Resources (IBPGR), in cooperation with gene-banks around the world, has created a global network of base-collections. In order to minimize losses of stock in the gene-banks, standards were developed in 1985 and base-collections were assessed against them.

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Environmental Conservation
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