Linking community based genebanks with national genebanks: your help needed

Bioversity International is conducting research on novel ways to bridge community-based management practices to conserve and use plant genetic resources with national and international genebanks.

We are interested to learn from experiences of local gene/seed banks from around the world that collect, conserve, and produce seeds of crops and varieties of various kinds (major crops, minor crops, underutilized and neglected species). Some of the questions we are interested in are:

• How did the community gene/seed bank emerge? Who manages them and how? What roles do they play? What kind of and how much plant genetic resources do they hold/flow in and out of them? Who is using these materials?

• How do community gene/seed banks connect to other local or regional initiative of the same nature? Are they connected with formal system gene-banks and seed systems at national level?

• Do policies, laws and (informal) institutions impact on the operations?

• What are effective incentives, institutional support mechanisms, and links to guarantee long-term functioning?

If you have any documentation about local experiences and would like to contribute to the study, please contact Ronnie Vernooy at:

Thank you in advance.

Photo credit: Neil Palmer, CIAT


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Maintained by staff at Bioversity International Library, this blog aims to provide readers with updates on new information resources within the field of plant genetic resources (PGR), agrobiodiversity and conservation; [with a little fun thrown in as well].
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