Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in Asia and the Pacific: Impacts and Future Directions


RAP PUBLICATION 2012/01

Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in Asia and the Pacific: Impacts and Future Directions

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Bangkok 2012


ABSTRACT

From 17 to 19 October 2011 plant genetic resource leaders from more than 17 Asia-Pacific countries gathered in Tsukuba, Japan. Discussions were held on progress in the development of National Information Sharing Mechanisms (NISMs) and how to further sustain this initiative in each country and through regional collaboration. On Day 2 a symposium was held on the topic Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in Asia and the Pacific: Impacts and Future Directions. This publication presents the symposiums papers that highlight issues at the farmers level, such as participatory plant breeding which has been essential for reintroduction of taro production in Samoa and, at the genomic level, improved productivity of crops such as soybean.



Table of Contents

Foreword
Welcome address
Part 1: Symposium summary and recommendations
Part 2: Plant genetic resources for food and agriculture: impacts
    Developing new types of sugar cane by hybridization between commercial
        sugar-cane cultivars and wild relatives
    The taro improvement programme in Samoa: sharing genetic resources through
        networking
    The impacts of conservation of rice genetic resources
    Genetic diversity of cultivated and wild soybean resources and their
        potential for breeding and genomic analysis
    Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus L.)
Part 3: Plant genetic resources for food and agriculture: future directions
    Cryostorage facilitation by the NIAS Genebank
    The importance of information in the context of the Second Global Plan of Action
        for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
    Challenges for conservation and utilization of plant genetic resources
    Considering the future: conservation of crop diversity




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