1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
Support the enhancement of the existing Dendropark as a benefit-sharing project for providing access to the indigenous genetic resources of Kyrgyzstan by ARS scientists in 2009.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
Set up the grant and provide funding to support the enhancement of the Dendropark. The cooperator will then properly prepare, plant and maintain the new planting site. The cooperator will provide the necessary labor and supplies to support planting, weeding, pruning, pest control, irrigation, labeling, mapping and other necessary activities to maintain and enhance the overall planting, using funds from outside of this grant.
In FY 2012, the planting of native walnut trees on the grounds of Osh Technological University, Kyrgyzstan, was completed. In addition, a joint U.S.-Kyrgyzstan plant exploration for native fruits and nuts in Kyrgyzstan was planned and conducted. The collected germplasm and associated documentation were entered into the U.S. National Plant Germplasm System. Possible projects are under discussion that will provide benefit to Kyrgyzstan for giving access to U.S. scientists to document and collect plant genetic resources from their native fruit and nut forests in 2012.