publication, funded by the Technical Centre for Agricultural
and Rural Cooperation (CTA,
its French acronym), covers basic concepts of plant genetic
resources, germplasm acquisition, introduction, conservation,
characterization, documentation, and germplasm bank management
and aims to answer questions such as: Why conserve? What should
be conserved? For who do we conserve? and How do we conserve?
Based on the materials used in the 2004 distance learning
course on Ex Situ Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources
offered to Latin American professionals and technicians working
in germplasm banks, botanical gardens, arboreta, and crop
diversity projects, this English version has been adapted
to serve a wider audience.
The initial course was the outcome of a successful inter-institutional
association between CIAT, Bioversity
International (formerly IPGRI), and the National
University of Colombia, with the support of the Network
of Institutions Dedicated to Teaching Agricultural and Rural
Development Policies for Latin America and the Caribbean (REDCAPA,
its Spanish acronym).
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|Print copies and CDs of the publication are also available
from CTA. For individuals or organizations active in agricultural
and rural development, residing in ACP countries, titles
may be obtained through a free-of-charge subscriptions
system. To apply to join the CTA points scheme, which
allocates each member a number of points to purchase what
they require, visit the CTA Web site: www.cta.int/about/orderpub.htm.