Submitted to: Agronomy Society of America, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: September 30, 2003
Publication Date: November 5, 2003
Citation: Gardner, C.A. 2003. Plant genetic resources and their role in a sustainable agricultural production continuum [abstract]. In: Proceedings of the 2003 Agronomy Society of America, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America Meeting, November 2-6, 2003, Denver, Colorado. Abstract number 767036. Technical Abstract: Sustainable agriculture is a much-overused term, to which many attempt to ascribe idealogy and ownership. The focus of this presentation is to delve into the role that plant genetic resources, PGR, plays in the sustainability of agricultural systems. Whether a producer, consumer, an end-user, or a public or private sector scientist, the role of germplasm is not to be underestimated. We must continue to identify and describe PGR properties in order to design well-targeted research utilization. Protecting indigenous germplasm, a key function that most governments recognize, is dependent on the stability of (and resources available to) both governments and research entities. The International Treaty on PGR recognizes the importance of Farmers' Rights and benefits sharing. How successful we are in conserving and utilizing PGR may well be a function of our commitment to fulfilling the obligations associated with these principles, sustaining PGR in the process.