Biodiversity conservation

October 17, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The genebank at Tel Hadya will continue to underpin research on biodiversity conservation and crop improvement

ICARDA’s genebank at Tel Hadya continues to expand its collections – which now include 141,300 accessions of crops and wild relatives. Germplasm collections in Algeria, Greece and Tunisia will be completed later this year, led by national research centers. The Tel Hadya genebank will continue to be the cornerstone of ICARDA’s conservation program. Simultaneously, new facilities (provided by national research programs) have been developed in Beirut, Morocco and Tunisia. As an added precaution, 97% of the active collection is safely duplicated in national and global genebanks.

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