The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) throught the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) partnering with Biodiversity International and Global Crop Diversity Trust, has launched the Germoplasm Resources Information Network-Global (GRIN-Global).
It is a data management system based on the Internet for plant gene banks worldwide. The USDA’s Chief Scientist, Catherine Woteki, launched the germplasm network in a White House event on Innovation for Global Development. “Innovation in agriculture is essential for global development,” said Woteki. “For the agricultural gene banks, researchers and producers worldwide, the GRIN-Global offers a powerful tool to safeguard data and use the valuable agricultural diversity.”
“Crop diversity underpins all agriculture, everywhere,” said Cary Fowler, Executive Director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, which provided $1.4 million in support of this three-year project. “Plant breeders turn to genebanks for this diversity, whether they are searching for pest resistance or drought tolerance or any other characteristic. How the seeds and the associated information are managed is therefore of huge importance to that breeding effort. USDA’s genebank management software is the best in the world, and GRIN-Global now makes this technology available for free to genebanks everywhere. This is real innovation for development.” ….. >>Read More<<
Source:United States Department of Agriculture, February 8th, 2012
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