A rational conservation of plant genetic resources begins with the study and preparation of an inventory of existing diversity. The compilation, exchange and diffusion of information facilitates the access, management and use of germplasm. These aspects are fully encompassed in the FAOs Worldwide Action Plan for the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. The priority task included in this plan is the creation of extensive information systems on plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.
In Spain, the Program for the Conservation and Use of Plant Genetic Resources was created by a Ministerial Order on 23 April 1993 (Official State Bulletin 7 May). Among its priority lines is the development of an Inventory of the ex situ collections of the Program Network with the corresponding passport data.
The Plant Genetic Resource Center (C.R.F.) created at the same time as the cited Program, has been developing this Inventory since 1994 as one of its functions as the Documentation Center of Plant Genetic Resources of the Program Network.
Updated July 2011.
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