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Quality Systems

Contributors to this section: CIP, Lima, Peru (Carols Chuquillanqui, Segundo Fuentes, Ivan Manrique, Giovanna Muller, Willmer Pérez, Reinhard Simon, David Tay); CIP, Nairobi, Kenya (Ian Barker); FERA, UK (Derek Tomlinson, Julian Smith, David Galsworthy, James Woodhall).

Quality systems and validation for the safe transfer of clonal germplasm

The acquisition, conservation and distribution of germplasm and planting material is a core function of many agricultural organisations and serves to underpin breeding programs worldwide. Crops are infected by a number of viral, viroid, phytoplasma and bacterial diseases, which can be transmitted through exchange of germplasm and planting material. The aim should be to only distribute material of the sufficiently high health status to prevent the possible movement of pathogens around the world and the consequent damage to food security, livelihoods and economies. Compliance with all National and International phytosanitary treaties, regulations and requirements relating to both phytosanitation and also the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is also a key requirement of this aim.

Click here to download the complete quality systems and validation document (4 MB).

Click here to download the validation template (1 MB).

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.

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