International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI)

IPGRI is an international research institute with a mandate to advance the conservation and use of genetic diversity for the well-being of present and future generations. It is a Centre of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

As of December 2006, IPGRI operates under the name Bioversity International, or Bioversity.

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Forest Genetic Resources Programme

IPGRI's FGR Programme began in 1993 following IPGRI's decision, based on the recommendation of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and the CGIAR in 1991, to expand its mandate to include forest genetic resources. An extensive consultation process took place in which IPGRI identified priority research areas through careful analysis of international research needs and IPGRI's comparative advantage in the field of forest genetic resources.

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IPGRI/DFSC Project on Handling and Storage of Recalcitrant and Intermediate Forest Tree Seed

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Sub Saharan Africa Forest Genetic Resources Programme (SAFORGEN)

IPGRI in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) has created a FGR programme - Sub Saharan Africa Forest Genetic Resources Programme (SAFORGEN), to ensure that forest genetic resources in the region receives the attention that it requires.

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European Forest Genetic Resources Programme (EUFORGEN).

IPGRI created EUFORGEN, whose main tasks are to coordinate and promote the in situ and ex situ conservation of Europe's forest genetic resources, to facilitate the exchange of genetic material and information, and to increase public awareness of the need to conserve forest genetic resources.
Information for three types of species are available on the EUFORGEN site:

  • Conifers
  • Scattered broadleaves
  • Stand-forming broadleaves
  • last updated:  Wednesday, June 27, 2007