CIAT’s genebank featured in The Seattle Times

8 August, 2011 by (comments)

Pest resistance. Climate change adaptation. Improved nutrition… If you still need to be convinced of the global importance of plant genetic conservation, take a look at a second article published today in The Seattle Times. It features CIAT’s Genetic Resources program leader Daniel Debouck, and makes a strong case for the role of conservation in helping farmers and cropRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en

UN conference delegates visit CIAT genebank

30 March, 2010 by (comments)

Delegates from a United Nations (UN) meeting on genetic resources have visited CIAT’s genebank to learn more about the institution’s role in protecting and conserving plant material and its commitment to making it freely available to plant breeders and researchers around the world. The 40-strong delegation was part of the UN’s Ninth Conference of the Parties to the ConventionRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Inside CIAT, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

New digital story – Backing up the genebank

10 March, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT has sent its third consignment of seeds from its gene bank in Colombia, to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway. The Global Seed Vault, buried in permafrost near the North Pole, safeguards material from genebanks from all over the world. In this 3-minute digital story, CIAT’s Genetic Resources Program leader Daniel Debouck likens the process of duplicationRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Latin America and the Caribbean, Multimedia @en, Regions

New legal decision against Enola bean

22 July, 2009 by (comments)

A US citizen who claimed he had “invented” a new bean, and took out a patent on the yellow “Enola” variety has once again had his claim defeated in the courtroom. But despite the result, the case raises important questions about the effectiveness of biopiracy laws, and their ability to adequately protect small farmers. On 10th July, the U.S.Read More …

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Filed Under: Beans @en, Crops @en