The Brazilian Congress of Genetic Resources will be held in Bahia in June 2010

The coastal city of Salvador, capital of the the Northeastern state of Bahia, will be the scene of the Brazilian Congress of Genetic Resources, in June 2010. The event, which aims to bring together over 800 experts in plant, animal and microbial genetic resources is being organized by the Plant Genetic Resources Network of the State of Bahia (RGV – Bahia) and by the Brazilian Society of Genetic Resources (SBRG), with the support of the Brazilian Agricultural Research Organization – Embrapa.

Members of the Organizing Committee are from three federal universities (UFBA, UFRB and UNIVASF), four state universities (UESB, UESC, UNEB and UEFS), Embrapa Genetic Resources and Biotechnology, Embrapa Cassava and Tropical Fruits, Embrapa Semi-Arid, Embrapa Coastal Tablelands and the Bahia State Organization for Agricultural Development (EBDA).  The Congress aims to promote research and development in the area of genetic resources, to expand the exchange of know-how and to enhance dialogue and communication between science and society.

The organization of this Congress is the first challenge of the Brazilian Society of Genetic Resources – SBRG, which was created during the II Brazilian Symposium of Genetic Resources, organized by Embrapa Genetic Resources and Biotechnology in November 2008, in Brasilia. An objective of SBRG is to promote events that increase interactions and the exchange of knowledge and experiences in genetic resources of plants, animals and microorganisms.

The current president of the Society, and researcher of the Embrapa Genetic Resources and Biotechnology, Dr. Clara Goedert, said that the organization of a congress of genetic resources in Brazil is a major challenge, since there are many institutions working in this area in the country and information is usually very scattered. “The scientific events are ideal venues for exchange of knowledge and experiences amongst representatives of research institutions, educational institutions and students.”

Translated from the website of the Embrapa Genetic Resources and Biotechnology.

To read more (in Portuguese), click here.

To visit the website of the Brazilian Congress of Genetic Resources, click here.

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