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Current taxonomic composition of European genebank material documented in EURISCO

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 June 2010

Theo van Hintum*
Affiliation:
Centre for Genetic Resources, Wageningen University and Research Centre, PO Box 16, NL-6700 AAWageningen, The Netherlands
Helmut Knüpffer
Affiliation:
Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), D-06466Gatersleben, Germany
*
*Corresponding author. E-mail: theo.vanhintum@wur.nl

Abstract

Taxonomy plays an essential role in genebank documentation. It is often the first level at which users search material, and it determines the protocols used in the management of collections. Especially, when plant genetic resources information is pooled in systems such as EURISCO, the European catalogue of ex situ plant genetic resources, problems regarding technical handling of taxonomic nomenclature, such as lack of standardization and low quality of data, become apparent. These problems were studied by analysing the content of EURISCO and mapping the taxon names in EURISCO on those used in the United States Department of Agriculture genebank system GRIN-Tax. Thus, the number of spelling errors and the level of standardization could be quantified and improved. An analysis of the content of EURISCO was made, showing a highly unbalanced distribution over crops: 50% of the accessions belong to ten genera only. Mapping EURISCO on the crops listed in Annex 1 of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture showed that 67% of the accessions in EURISCO belong to crops in that list.

Type
Research Article
Copyright
Copyright © NIAB 2010

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