Biotech Updates

Revised Multi-Crop Passport Descriptors Now Out

June 22, 2012

The revised version of Multi-Crop Passport Descriptors is now available in the web. The new list of descriptors, named the FAO/Bioversity Multi-Crop Passport Descriptors (MCPD V.2), is the expanded version of the original publication which was first released in 2001 by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (now Biodiversity International). The new version is expected to accommodate emerging documentation needs, derived inter alia from the entry into force of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and its Multilateral System for access and benefit-sharing, and from technological changes such as the broader use of GPS tools.

See the news release of Biodiversity International at To access MCPD V.2, go to