GROW Webinar Series

The Genebank Platform is launching a monthly webinar series called Genebank Resources on the Web (GROW) for those interested in genebanks to explore topics ranging from emerging technologies, operational efficiency, collecting to seed longevity, policy and use. One of the aims of the series will be to tackle difficult questions and provoke discussion on important details and themes.

“It’s very exciting to bring members of the genebank community together virtually during a time when it is difficult for us to meet otherwise to ask and discuss the questions and challenges we’re facing,” said organizer and Crop Trust Genebank Quality Specialist Janny van Beem.

The GROW webinars will kick off on January 21, 2021 with a presentation by Dr. Theo van Hintum, head of the Center for Genetic Resources in The Netherlands, on the following topic: Rethinking Genebank Management – some critical thoughts and new approaches.

Theo will dive into three subjects: CGN’s new viability monitoring protocols and the need for additional qualitative evaluations, CGN’s approach to seed lot types and how they may be simplified, and, lastly, the use of a tool for curators to visualize essential information about a collection such as composition, age and traits.

The webinar series will take place on the third Thursday of every month at 15:00 Central European Standard Time (GMT+1). Information for each webinar will be posted two weeks in advance. Everyone is welcome to tune in.

You can access the webinar via Zoom here. The meeting ID is 995 8961 9219, and the passcode is 529812. We look forward to seeing you there!

Upcoming Speakers

Dr. Theo van Hintum

Theo van Hintum has been with CGN since its beginning in 1986. He started, still a student at Wageningen University, as database administrator, continued as scientist and later, senior scientist, deputy director and now heading CGN Plant Genetic Resources.

He received his BSc in Plant Breeding from the Wageningen University, and his PhD from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. His career at CGN included a five year period, 2004 – 2008, during which he was made available to the CGIAR Generation Challenge Programme (GCP) to act as Sub Programme Leader for Bioinformatics and Crop Information Systems (and in 2005 briefly as Interim Director).

At CGN his research covered a wide array of topics related to plant genetic resources management. This included the application of new technologies (genomics, information technology) to genebank management, quantitative approaches related the composition of genebank collections and to genetic erosion, environmental niche modelling, but also the impact of international ABS policies on the functioning of genebanks.

Theo is active on several international platforms related to plant genetic resources management, did many reviews and consultancies, and has published over sixty scientific papers.