Biotech Updates

United States, Brazil Collaborate on Genetic Resources Preservation

February 9, 2007

The preservation of genetic diversity and genetic resources is vital to agriculture, and the importance of proper maintenance of genebanks cannot be underestimated. Using the genetic material of maize, scientists at the Agricultural Research Service National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation (NCGRP) and its Brazilian counterpart Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuaria (EMBRAPA) are off to find out how maize grains respond to both extremely cold cryogenic storage and conventional storage over time. The results of the study on maize may also extend to other crops. This will aid both countries in evaluating the cost efficiency of their respective genebanking systems and could guide future investment decisions.

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