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GROW Webinars

Genebank Resources on the Web (GROW) webinars are presented through a partnership between the Crop Trust and CGIAR to provide thought-provoking discussions within the genebank community.

The webinar series explores topics ranging from emerging technologies, operational efficiency, collecting to seed longevity, policy and use. GROW aims to tackle difficult questions and provoke discussion on important genebank-related details and themes.

Webinars are bi-monthly and pre-registration is required to attend.

Genebank Platform GROW Webinars

The following webinars were presented through the CGIAR Genebank Platform, which ran from 2017 to the end of 2021. It supported CGIAR Research Centers to fulfill their legal obligation to conserve and make available 750,000 seed samples of crops and trees on behalf of the global community under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. The Platform supported day-to-day genebank operations, and activities to improve efficiency, enhance use and ensure compliance with international policy. This work was supported jointly by donor contributions to the CGIAR Fund and the Crop Trust Endowment Fund.

16 December 2021

How Much Genetic Diversity Is Really Still Missing From Genebanks?

Julian Ramirez-Villegas Principal Scientist and Leader of Data Science for Climate Action, Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

18 November 2021

SoyKB and KBCommons: Enabling Data Mining, Farming, and Harvesting in the Cloud

Trupti Joshi Assistant Professor, Department of Health Management and Informatics, University of Missouri

21 October 2021

Crop Genetic Erosion

Colin Khoury Director, Department of Science and Conservation, San Diego Botanic Garden, and Visiting Scientist, Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

16 September 2021

Squeezing the Good Stuff Out of the Vaults: Fields, Genomics, or Genebankomics?

Filippo Bassi Senior Scientist, Durum Wheat Breeder, International Center for the Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

26 August 2021

Digital Sequence Information: A Looming Disaster or Hidden Opportunity for Positive Change?

Amber Hartman Scholz Deputy to the Director, Leibniz-Institut DSMZ German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Culture

15 July 2021

Genebanks: What Is Their Use To Farmers?

Marleni Ramirez Representative of Peru, Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

17 June 2021

How Far Should The CGIAR Genebanks Dare To Go?

Ruaraidh Sackville Hamilton Independent Consultant & Former Head of the Genetic Resource Center, IRRI

20 May 2021

Who Needs Seeds?

Douglas Gollin Development Economics Professor, Oxford University

15 April 2021

Seed Survival In Storage

Fiona Hay Senior Scientist, Aarhus University

18 March 2021

The Critical Role of International Collaborations to Improve Conservation and Utilization of Crop Collections

Gayle Volk and Clarice Coyne USDA-ARS

18 February 2021

CRISPR Crops: Plant Genome Editing Made Easy

Sophien Kamoun Head of Sainsbury Laboratory, UK

21 January 2021

Rethinking Genebank Management

Theo van Hintum Centre for Genetic Resources (CGN), Wageningen University
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