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A Performance Management System for Long-Term Germplasm Conservation in CGIAR Genebanks: Aiming for Quality, Efficiency and Improvement

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Global Crop Diversity Trust, Platz der Vereinten Nationen 7, 53113 Bonn, Germany
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Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, Forsøgsvej 1, 4200 Slagelse, Denmark
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Academic Editors: Johannes M. M. Engels and Andreas W. Ebert
Plants 2021, 10(12), 2627; https://doi.org/10.3390/plants10122627
Received: 8 November 2021 / Revised: 24 November 2021 / Accepted: 25 November 2021 / Published: 29 November 2021
UN Sustainable Development Goal 2 Target 2.5 focuses on the conservation of genetic diversity in soundly managed genebanks. In examining the term “soundly managed”, it becomes quickly evident that there is much more to long-term conservation than placing samples of seeds or other germplasm in long-term conservation conditions. There are several important factors that determine whether germplasm samples will remain viable in storage for long periods of time. To manage these factors efficiently and effectively, genebanks require sound data and quality management systems. The CGIAR Genebank Platform, coordinated by the Crop Trust, put in place a number of mechanisms that enabled effective online reporting, performance management, quality management, audit and external review and validation. These mechanisms do not conform to the usual monitoring systems put in place for research programs and have only been possible thanks to the flexibility of CGIAR in recognising that the genebanks were exceptional. As a result, in the past 10 years, CGIAR genebanks have significantly improved their performance and the conservation status of collections. View Full-Text
Keywords: seed quality management; long-term conservation; quality management system (QMS); performance management; genebanks; standards seed quality management; long-term conservation; quality management system (QMS); performance management; genebanks; standards
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Lusty, C.; van Beem, J.; Hay, F.R. A Performance Management System for Long-Term Germplasm Conservation in CGIAR Genebanks: Aiming for Quality, Efficiency and Improvement. Plants 2021, 10, 2627. https://doi.org/10.3390/plants10122627

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Lusty C, van Beem J, Hay FR. A Performance Management System for Long-Term Germplasm Conservation in CGIAR Genebanks: Aiming for Quality, Efficiency and Improvement. Plants. 2021; 10(12):2627. https://doi.org/10.3390/plants10122627

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