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A training module for the international course on plant genetic resources and genebank management

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This training module aims to train genebank curators and genetic resource professionals in good practices for effective ex situ conservation and genetic diversity held in genebanks.

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This training module was was developed for a face-to-face short course on Genebank Management held at RDA Korea in 2009 and 2010. It includes lecture materials and pratical hands-on lab excercises. In particular it aims to:

• enhance the use of standard protocols for routine genebank operations including how to develop a genebank operation manual

• develop a practical understanding of the utilization of genetic resources and the interface between genebanks and breeders

• equip participants with essential knowledge in documentation and database management

• acquaint the participants with morphological and molecular techniques to characterize and evaluate plant genetic resources

• enhance awareness of international and national policy instruments and regimes concerning access to and exchange of genetic resources.

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