The Seeds and Plant Genetic Resources Team of the FAO is pleased to advise that the Genebank Standards for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (endorsed by the Commission for Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture at its Fourteenth Regular Session held from 15 - 19 April 2013) is now in press. The links to the pdf versions of the publication in all six official UN languages can be found here.
We have also produced this video highlighting the importance of these standards, including views of partners and member countries on the value and impact of the Genebank Standards.
The Genebank Standards are voluntary but have a universal value and utility in guiding genebank management for seeds, for germplasm maintained in field collections, as well as conserved through cryopreservation and in vitro culture. They were developed in response to the new technical advances and the increased coverage of plant diversity collections. A systematic application of these standards will require mobilization of financial resources for upgrading professional skills in developing countries.