Dr. Barbara Reed has been involved in two projects since 2002.
ISTC K-428 Germplasm preservation of fruit, berry cultures and grape in Kazakhstan (2002-2008) and ISTC/STCU/CRDF Project # K-1920 Estimation of Apricot Genetic Diversity and Germplasm Preservation in Central Asia. These projects involved Dr. Irina Kovalchuk PI and Dr. Svetlana Kushnarenko, scientists at the Institute of Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Almaty, Kazakhstan. With these two scientists and their teams and many
collaborators, the IPBB has instituted long-term storage of several fruit crops, both cultivated types as well as wild germplasm using a range of in vitro and cryopreservation techniques. A cryopreserved seed bank was established for wild apple and apricot seeds from the Almaty region. They have developed in vitro cultures and cryopreserved collections of in vitro shoot tips of several fruit crops and dormant buds of apple, pear and cherry. They work with the Kazakhstan National Potato Genebank and a propagation and tissue culture facility for Ornamental and Forest Trees. They also work with scientists in other parts of the country who are interested in native plant preservation and are training graduate students at the Kazakh National Agrarian University. The government of Kazakhstan has planned a central germplasm repository but the building has been delayed.