THE EXCHANGE AND CONSERVATION OF GENETIC RESOURCES BETWEEN BRAZIL AND THE U.S.
Plant And Animal Genetic Resources Preservation Research Unit
2011 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
Recognizing the importance to humanity of protecting and preserving plant genetic resources for present and future generations, this Agreement will establish a framework for cooperation and coordination for the exchange and preservation of plant genetic resources, as well as the exchange and collaboration of research on aspects related to the preservation of plant genetic resources, as a part of ongoing programs in both Brazil and United States to preserve plant genetic resources to ensure food security and supply.
1b.Approach (from AD-416)
This Agreement deals specifically with the exchange and preservation of plant genetic resources. With the understanding that food supply and security are of global interest, the exchange, use and secure preservation of plant genetic resources for current and future generations are activities of critical importance to both Brazil and the United States. Under this Agreement, both parties will identify plant genetic resources present in their respective countries which are of interest for exchange, preservation and research, and both parties will facilitate as possible these activities for the benefit of the mission and goals of both parties.
In 2010, the Embrapa core collection of rice totaling 542 rice accessions was received for distribution via the NPGS. The material was held in quarantine and much of the material is being grown out by APHIS in Beltsville and should be available for distribution by the NPGS in FY12. Additionally, this project has facilitated the transfer of 8 Vigna accessions from Embrapa into the NPGS and should have transferred and additional 13 Vigna accession prior to the end of FY11. ADODR monitoring for this project was done via email, phone and personal contact.