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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.

Latest GROW Webinar

23 February 2023

Responsive Agriculture – What Do We Want From The Food System

Patrick Stover Director of the Institute for Advancing Health Through Agriculture at Texas A&M AgriLife

Past 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.

8 December 2022

How Can Genebanks Double the Diversity Available for Plant Breeding?

Nigel Maxted Professor of Plant Genetic Conservation, University of Birmingham

6 October 2022

What It Takes To Build an Eco-Efficient Genebank for the 21st Century: Experiences and Lessons Learned

Peter Wenzl Leader, Genetic Resource Program, Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

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)

Multi-omics Data Integration

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

Loss of Biodiversity

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)

Genebanks and Breeding Efforts

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)

Bridging the Gap Between Benefit Sharing and Open Access

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

Are Genebanks Serving Farmers?

Genebanks: What Is Their Use To Farmers?

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

Future of Genebanks

How Far Should The CGIAR Genebanks Dare To Go?

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

In Praise of Seed Morgues

Who Needs Seeds?

Douglas Gollin Development Economics Professor, Oxford University

Seed Longevity

Seed Survival In Storage

Fiona Hay Senior Scientist, Aarhus University

International Collaboration

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

Gayle Volk and Clarice Coyne USDA-ARS

Emerging Technologies

CRISPR Crops: Plant Genome Editing Made Easy

Sophien Kamoun Head of Sainsbury Laboratory, UK

Genebank Efficiency

Rethinking Genebank Management

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