Collecting plant genetic diversity: Technical guidelines. 2011 update
Contact person: Elizabeth Goldberg, Bioversity, Italy
In 1995, Bioversity International, (then the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute-IPGRI), in association with FAO, IUCN and UNEP, produced “Collecting Plant Genetic Diversity; Technical Guidelines,” edited by L. Guarino, V. Ramanatha Rao and R. Reid and published by CABI.
This online resource updates the 1995 classic reference and provides two new topics. The Collecting Manual, as it came to be known, covers all the steps in collecting. CABI has generously given permission for the chapters from the original publication to be accessed online alongside the updates. Two of the original editors, L. Guarino and V. Ramanatha Rao, have led this updating activity in collaboration with Bioversity and a team of more than 40 experts from around the world.
This resource guides new and experienced collectors on how to sample, collect and preserve a wealth of genetic resources – not only crop plants and trees but also wild species, symbiotic bacteria and fungi, pollen and even DNA. It also gives advice on related topics such as ecogeographic surveys, the use of geographic information systems and other data management tools, data recording, taxonomic identification and on the legal issues involved in collecting genetic resources. In addition to synthesizing new knowledge, each chapter provides references--many of them available online--and complementary internet resources. Users are encouraged to comment or update content on forms provided.
A zip file of all the updated chapters in one folder can be downloaded here (13.9 MB).
Chapters 30 to 39 are case studies from the 1995 Collecting Manual.
A zip file of all the case studies in one folder can be downloaded here (2.1 MB).
Bioversity Internatioanl 2013 [online] Bioversity collecting mission database. Available from http://www.bioversityinternational.org/collecting_missions.html Date accessed: 5 March 2013.
Guarino L, Ramanatha Rao V, Reid R, editors. 1995. Collecting plant genetic diversity: Technical guidelines. International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI), Rome, Italy; Plant Production and Protection Division, FAO, Rome, Italy; World Conservation Union (IUCN), Gland, Switzerland; CABI, Wallingford, UK. 748 pp. ISBN: 0-85198-964-0
Gyllensten U. 1984. A neglected heritage. Documentary film about plant genetic resources. Produced by Ulf Gyllensten in 1984 for the International Board for Plant Genetic Resources (IBPGR) in cooperation with the Nordic Gene Bank. Watch the video here.
Smith RD, Dickie JB, Linington SH, Pritchard HW, Probert RJ, editors. 2003. Seed conservation: turning science into practice. London: The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 1023 pp. Available online (accessed 17 October 2011): www.kew.org/science-research-data/kew-in-depth/msbp/publications-data-resources/technical-resources/seed-conservation-science-practice/index.htm
SGRP. 2011 [online] Crop collecting missions - repository of reports. Available from http://www.central-repository.cgiar.org/crop_collecting_missions.html Date accessed: 15 December 2011.
SGRP. 2011 [online] IBPGR/IPGRI collected sample database. Available from http://singer.cgiar.org/index.jsp?page=coll-sample-data. Date accessed: 15 December 2011.
Thormann I, Gaisberger H, Mattei F, Snook L, Arnaud E. 2012. Digitization and online availability of original collecting mission data to improve data quality and enhance the conservation and use of plant genetic resources. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution. 59:5 635-644. DOI 10.1007/s10722-012-9804-z. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10722-012-9804-z?null.
Acknowledgements: Bioversity would like to thank the following persons for their generous contributions to this 2011 update. Luigi Guarino and V. Ramanatha Rao for their role as scientific editors and peer reviewers; Elizabeth Goldberg, production manager and editor; Kathleen Sheridan, copy editor; Imke Thormann and Geert Claessens, web editors; Vanessa Alam, documentation; 40 authors from 26 organizations (see authors in chapters at links below). Bioversity provides a very special thanks to CABI for generously allowing the original chapters to be accessed online, together with the update on this portal.
Citation to this web page
Guarino L, Ramanatha Rao V, Goldberg E, editors. 2011. Collecting Plant Genetic Diversity: Technical Guidelines - 2011 Update. Bioversity International, Rome, Italy. ISBN 978- 92-9043- 922- 6. Available online: http://cropgenebank.sgrp.cgiar.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=390&Itemid=557
The editors invite your comments on the Collecting Procedures pages by using the Comments feature at the bottom of this page or at the bottom of each of the chapters.