Distribution of radish genetic resources

Contributors to this page: CAAS, China (Qiu Yang, Li Xixiang); Bioversity International, Italy (Imke Thormann, Ehsan Dulloo); CGN, Netherlands (Noortje Bas); IPK, Germany (Andreas Börner, Ulrike Lohwasser); AVRDC, Taiwan (Andreas Ebert); USDA, USA (Larry Robertson); NBPGR, India (Chitra Pandey); SASA, UK (George Campbell); University of Warwick, UK (Charlotte Allender).

Policies and regulations
User related issues
Recording information

Policies and regulations for distribution

Common policies on distribution and access to plant materials

Policy exceptions

National laws and regulations

It is essential to follow the terms and conditions in the host country agreements.

International laws and regulations

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User related issues for distribution

Shipment time to users

Customer assurance

Feedback from users

Quantity of material recommended to be distributed

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Procedures for distribution

Check availability

Preparing samples for distribution

Preparing the information list to accompany the plant materials

Dispatching the plant materials

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Recording information of the distribution

The following information must be recorded for each consignment:

System for tracking materials/inventory system for distribution

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References and further reading

International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA). [online]. Available from: Date accessed: 8 June 2010.

Rao NK, Hanson J, Dulloo ME, Ghosh K, Nowel D, Larinde M. 2006. Manual of seed handling in genebanks. Handbooks for Genebanks No. 8. Bioversity International, Rome, Italy. Available in English (1.5 MB),  Spanish (1.4 MB) and French (1.9 MB).

Standard Material Transfer Agreement SMTA. [online]. Available from Date accessed: 8 June 2010.

The Genebanks

The 11 CGIAR genebanks currently conserve 730,000 of cereals and grain legumes, forage crops, tree species, root and tuber crops, bananas and crop wild relatives.