The Cost Of Conserving Maize And Wheat Genetic Resources Ex Situ

  • P. G. Pardey
  • B. Skovmand
  • S. Taba
  • M. E. Van Dusen
  • B. D. Wright


Although the technical performance attained in long-term storage of crop germplasm has improved dramatically over the past several decades, key management questions remain to be addressed (Wright, 1997). These include issues related to the size of gene banks, or the number and type of genetic materials that should be conserved, as well as their utilization (Frankel, Brown, and Burdon, 1995). A comprehensive and accurate economic evaluation of an ex situ conservation program would weigh the benefits against the costs to assess net benefits, requiring the estimation of the marginal benefits of conserving each type of genetic material. However, estimating benefits is methodologically and empirically challenging, for several reasons.


Gene Bank User Cost Wheat Accession Crop Breeding Gene Bank Accession 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. G. Pardey
  • B. Skovmand
  • S. Taba
  • M. E. Van Dusen
  • B. D. Wright

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