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National Fruit Collections - maintainance and information transfer - GC0128STF

Description
DEFRA’s programme GC01 aims to contribute to the achievement of the UK’s international commitments to develop national strategies for the ex-situ conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources in food and agriculture. In support of this policy, DEFRA provides underpinning funding for the National Fruit Collections at Brogdale (Kent), a national gene bank. DEFRA’s support of the Collections is implemented through two separate, but complementary, contracts: with the Brogdale Horticultural Trust (this contract) for the maintenance of the Collections, the supply of germplasm from the Collections to the non-scientific community and the transfer of information concerning the Collections to the non-scientific community; and with Imperial College at Wye for the scientific development of the Collections in line with the Accessions Policy, the maintenance and development of the records and archives, characterisation and verification of the Collections, and the provision of germplasm for scientific users.
In this project, the Trust will maintain the National Fruit Collections, for the benefit of individual and corporate, public and private sector customers and stakeholders, in line with a strategy agreed with Imperial College, according to appropriate scientifically- and commercially-relevant standards. The Trust will also distribute germplasm to the non-scientific community. Also, to improve public understanding of Government policies on the conservation of plant genetic resources in general and the National Fruit Collections in particular ( as well as improve appreciation of the aims and objectives of the scientific development of the Collections), the Trust will develop and maintain a new web-site-based, public-facing Information System for the Collections.
Objective
01. To maintain the National Fruit Collections in line with a strategy agreed with representatives of Imperial College at Wye, according to appropriate scientifically- and commercially-relevant
standards.
02. To distribute germplasm from the Collections to the non-scientific community.
03. To develop and maintain a new web-site-based, public-facing Information System for the National Fruit Collections in the first two years only.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Final report GC0128STF   (179k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2001

To: 2005

Cost: £878,871
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Brogdale Horticultural Trust
Keywords
Fruit              
Natural Resource Use              
Plant Genetic Resources              
Plants and Animals              
Sustainable Farming and Food              
Fields of Study
Plant Genetics