Crop Biotech Update

Rice Genetic Resources Placed in Global Seed Data Pool

October 14, 2015

The International Rice Research Institute placed rice genome sequences of over 3,000 varieties under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) as a step towards forming a global data exchange system for crop genetic resources. This was announced during the 6th session of the Governing Body of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)-based 136-member nation plant treaty held in Rome this month.

According to FAO, without a single gateway to genetic resource data, it is hard for scientists to know what is held where and what genetic resources are present in the seeds. During the meeting, steps on how to improve the current multi-lateral system through the creation of one Global Information System on Plant Genetic Resources were discussed. This system containing information including on how to access genetic material and seed samples from existing gene banks would be developed and overseen by FAO.

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