Knowledge Sharing on Best Practices for Managing Crop Genebanks

Jorge, M A and Claessens, G and Hanson, J and Dulloo, M E and Goldberg, E and Thormann, I and Dumet, D and Roux, N and Rudebjer, P and Hamilton, R S and Sanchez, I and Sharma, S and Taba, S and Upadhyaya, H D and Houwe, V D (2011) Knowledge Sharing on Best Practices for Managing Crop Genebanks. Agricultural Information Worldwide, 3 (2). pp. 101-106. ISSN 2075-7751

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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 An interactive approach with many partners and stakeholders was used to gather published and unpublished information about genebank management.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. This paper discusses a process of collective action to develop a multi-institutional web platform, highlights important criteria for success, challenges and major lessons learned, and proposes options for the way forward.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Others > Genetics and Genomics
Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Depositing User: Mr Sanat Kumar Behera
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2011 07:39
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2011 07:39
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Funders: World Bank
Acknowledgement: e authors wish to thank the World Bank for fund- ing the development of the CGKB under the project en- titled “Collective Action for the Rehabilitation of Global Public Goods in the CGIAR Genetic Resources System: Phase 2 (GPG2)”. e authors also wish to thank all the people without whose help this work could not have been accomplished. Special thanks to Daniel Debouck for the extensive comments on the manuscript and the wide range of experts who spent their valuable time and contributed significantly to improving the content, lay- out and navigation of this website. e list is too long to be included here, but is available on the Contributors page of the CGKB website (http://cropgenebank.sgrp &id=111&Itemid=211). e authors wish to thank Pa- trizia Tazza for contributions to the design and banner of the website.
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