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Document or Lose It—On the Importance of Information Management for Genetic Resources Conservation in Genebanks

Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) Gatersleben, Corrensstr. 3, 06466 Seeland, Germany
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Plants 2020, 9(8), 1050; https://doi.org/10.3390/plants9081050
Received: 15 July 2020 / Revised: 13 August 2020 / Accepted: 14 August 2020 / Published: 18 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Plant Biodiversity and Genetic Resources)
Genebanks play an important role in the long-term conservation of plant genetic resources and are complementary to the conservation of diversity in farmers’ fields and in nature. In this context, documentation plays a critical role. Without well-structured documentation, it is not possible to make statements about the value of a resource, especially with regard to its potential for breeding and research. In particular, comprehensive information management is a prerequisite for the further development of genebank collections. This requires detailed information about the composition of a collection, thus allowing statements about which species and/or regions of origin are under-represented. This task is of strategic importance, especially due to the threats to crop plants and their wild relatives caused by advancing climate change. Both the actual conservation management and the fulfilment of legal obligations depend on information. Hence, documentation units have been established in almost all genebanks worldwide. They all face the challenge that knowledge about genebank accessions must be permanently managed and passed on across generations. International standards such as Multi-Crop Passport Descriptors (MCPD) have been established for the exchange of data between genebanks, and allow the operation of international information systems, such as the World Information and Early Warning System on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (WIEWS), the European Search Catalogue for Plant Genetic Resources (EURISCO) or Genesys. View Full-Text
Keywords: documentation; genebank; plant genetic resources; agricultural biodiversity documentation; genebank; plant genetic resources; agricultural biodiversity
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Weise, S.; Lohwasser, U.; Oppermann, M. Document or Lose It—On the Importance of Information Management for Genetic Resources Conservation in Genebanks. Plants 2020, 9, 1050. https://doi.org/10.3390/plants9081050

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Weise S, Lohwasser U, Oppermann M. Document or Lose It—On the Importance of Information Management for Genetic Resources Conservation in Genebanks. Plants. 2020; 9(8):1050. https://doi.org/10.3390/plants9081050

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Weise, Stephan, Ulrike Lohwasser, and Markus Oppermann. 2020. "Document or Lose It—On the Importance of Information Management for Genetic Resources Conservation in Genebanks" Plants 9, no. 8: 1050. https://doi.org/10.3390/plants9081050

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