Costing the Conservation of Genetic Resources: A Comparison of the CIMMYT and ICARDA Genebanks
The number of genebanks and the amount of seed stored in them has increased substantially over the past few decades. While most attention is focused on the likely benefits from conservation, conserving germplasm involves costs whose nature and magnitude are largely unknown. Because more resources spent on conserving germplasm often mean less spending on other genebank operations such as crop improvement research, knowledge of the costs of germplasm conservation has important, possibly long-run, R&D management, policy and food-security consequences. Moreover, these costs place a lower bound on the benefits deemed likely to justify the expense of saving this seed.
KeywordsGenetic Resource Faba Bean Average Cost Gene Bank Forage Legume
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