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Transfer of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Transfer of plant genetic resources online course
(External link to IRRI’s website)

This training module is an online self-study course on the transfer of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. This course is developed by IRRI and has also been incorporated in the Rice Knowledgebank.

This course is recommended for anyone who wishes to send, receive or carry plant genetic resources for food and agriculture from one place to another and to better understand the intellectual property rights and phytosanitary issues involved when moving germplasm. (In this case, rice to or from IRRI.) It aims to avoid breaches of legislation when Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA) is exchanged.

The course contains the following modules:

The modules can be studied independently and in any order.

Procedures for moving PGRFA is a set of steps that you must follow to ensure problem-free movement of rice plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. This module deals ONLY with cases where PGRFA movement involves a transfer of intellectual property rights. Intellectual Property Rights and PGRFA movement and Importance of Seed Health in PGRFA movement are information-based. They provide some basic background information on intellectual property and phytosanitary issues.

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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