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National Fruit Collection - Maintenance and information transfer - GC0136STF

Description
The aim of this project is to maintain, and distribute germplasm from, the National Fruit Collections at Brogdale (Kent), an ex-situ gene bank. This is in support of Defra’s policy to contribute to the achievement of the UK’s international commitments to develop and implement national strategies for the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. Defra’s support of the Collections is implemented through two separate, but complementary, projects: with the Brogdale Horticultural Trust (this project) for the maintenance of the Collections and the supply of germplasm from the Collections to the non-scientific and scientific commuinities; and with Imperial College - Wye Campus for the scientific development of the Collections, the maintenance and development of the records and archives, the characterisation and verification of the Collections, and the taking of orders for germplasm from scientific users of the Collections. 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 - Wye Campus, according to appropriate scientifically- and commercial horticulture-relevant standards.
Objective
DEVELOPING, MAINTAINING AND PROPAGATING THE COLLECTIONS (SEE SECTION 8) IN LINE WITH A STRATEGY AGREED WITH IMPERIAL COLLEGE - WYE CAMPUS, ACCORDING TO APPROPRIATE SCIENTIFICALLY- AND COMMERCIAL HORTICULTURE-RELEVANT STANDARDS

01. To implement changes directed for the Collections by Imperial College – Wye Campus in line with the Accessions and De-accessions policies for the Collections

02. To propagate the Collections and maintain varietal representation in line with the framework schedule agreed in 2000 between Defra (as MAFF), Imperial College and the Brogdale Horticultural Trust.

03. To identify (through reference to procedures agreed with Imperial College and the standard practices which are components of the Assured Produce scheme and of LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) protocols for commercial horticultural practice) and implement cost-effective crop husbandry practices appropriate to the proper maintenance of the Collections with respect to e.g. Plant health considerations (in conjunction with Defra’s Plant Health Inspectorate); agronomy (including pruning, mulching, fertiliser application, staking, netting; windbreak maintenance); and protection against pests, diseases and weeds.

DISTRIBUTING GERMPLASM FROM THE COLLECTIONS (SEE SECTION 8)

04. To advertise and, in response to requests, obtain and distribute germplasm from the Collections (as budwood and graftwood) to non-scientific and scientific users.
Project Documents
• Final Report : National Fruit Collections - Maintenance and Information Transfer   (183k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2005

To: 2007

Cost: £515,965
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Brogdale Horticultural Trust
Keywords
Farming              
Fruit              
Horticulture              
Natural Resource Use              
Plant Genetic Resources              
Sustainable Farming and Food              
Fields of Study
Plant Genetics