Knowledge sharing on best practices for managing crop genebanks

Jorge, M A and Claessens, G and Hanson, J and et al, . (2011) Knowledge sharing on best practices for managing crop genebanks. In: Scientific and Technical Information and Rural Development IAALD XIIIth World Congress, 26-29 April 2010, Montpellier.

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The Crop Genebank Knowledge Base (CGKB) is an initiative of the Consultative Group of International Agriculture Research (CGIAR) System-wide Genetic Resources Programme (SGRP). The CGKB was created for sharing knowledge about best practices for managing plant genetic resources (PGR), and making effective decisions about genebank management. Genebank practices from CGIAR Centers and national genebanks were gathered for nine crops (banana, barley, cassava, chickpea, forage grasses and legumes, maize, rice and wheat). This information will help PGR professionals to participate in a global crop conservation effort. An interactive approach with many partners and stakeholders was used to gather published and unpublished information about genebank management. Information on crop-specific best practices was initially collected from crop experts using pre-defined forms. In parallel, a web portal was developed using the open-source content management system (CMS) Joomla!. The CMS allows several editors to maintain pages and update them. Other participatory tools such as wiki pages, a blog, a discussion forum and online forms have been set up to gather future contributions, including information on other crops. The site provides a one-stop platform for information on conservation, characterization, regeneration and safety duplication of each of the nine crops. It also provides information on general (non-crop-specific) genebank management procedures as well as a comprehensive bibliography of online publications, a glossary, links to relevant external websites, video and photo materials, and training modules. Important features for success, challenges and major lessons learned are presented, and options for the way forward are discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Others > Genetics and Genomics
Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Depositing User: Mr Sanat Kumar Behera
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2012 11:10
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2012 11:10
Acknowledgement: UNSPECIFIED
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