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Training Module - Conservation and Sustainable Use of Plant Genetic Resources

The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture has published an educational module on "Conservation and Sustainable Use under the International Treaty", as part of a series of training materials for the implementation of the Treaty. This module aims at strengthening both technical and functional capacities, by presenting technical background on conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA), measures to promote conservation and sustainable use of PGRFA, explaining the legal provisions of the Treaty and providing examples of how these can be implemented by different stakeholder groups. Information on complementary conservation methods, including ex situ conservation techniques such as in vitro storage, cryopreservation and DNA storage as well as the use of biotechnologies to improve effectiveness and efficiency of breeding strategies, is provided. See (in English, French and Spanish) or contact for more information.