The Ex Situ Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources

The Ex Situ Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources

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It is a distressing truism that the human race during the last millennium has caused the exponential loss of plant genetic diversity throughout the world. This has had direct and negative economic, political and social consequences for the human race, which at the same time has failed to exploit fully the positive benefits that might result from conserving and exploiting the world's plant genetic resources. However, a strong movement to halt this loss of plant diversity and enhance its utilisation for the benefit of all humanity has been underway since the 1960's (Frankel and Bennett, 1970; Frankel and Hawkes, 1975). This initiative was taken up by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD, 1992) that not only expounds the need to conserve biological diversity but links conservation to exploitation and development for the benefit of all. Article 8 of the Convention clearly states the need to develop more effective and efficient guidelines to conserve biological diversity, while Article 9, along with the FAO International Undertaking on Plant Genetic Resources, promotes the adoption of a complementary approach to conservation that incorporates both ex situ and in situ techniques.
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  • Hardback | 250 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.1 x 20.3mm | 498.96g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 2000 ed.
  • XXVI, 250 p.
  • 0792364422
  • 9780792364429

Table of contents

Preface. Acronyms and Abbreviations. Figures, Plates, Tables and Appendices. 1. The Genetic Resources of Plants and Their Value to Mankind. 2. Evolution of Plants Under Domestication. 3. The Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Movement. 4. Preparing to Collect for ex situ Conservation. 5. Exploration and Field Collection. 6. Seed Gene Bank Conservation. 7. Field Gene Banks, Botanic Gardens in vitro, DNA and Pollen Conservation. 8. World ex situ Collections of Germplasm. 9. Community-Based Conservation. 10. Plant Genetic Resource Utilization. 11. Genetic Conservation Information Management. 12. Conservation Case Studies. 13. The Future of ex situ Conservation. References. Appendices. Index.
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