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Research Project: Enhancing Educational Outcomes for Plant Genetic Resources Conservation and Use

Location: Agricultural Genetic Resources Preservation Research

Project Number: 3012-21000-017-007-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jun 1, 2020
End Date: May 31, 2024

The long-term goal of this project is to expand the agricultural workforce that is well trained in subjects relevant to plant genetic resources (PGR) acquisition, preservation, distribution, evaluation, and utilization. (1) To create an administrative framework for prioritizing, developing, reviewing, and distributing learning resources on PGR. (2) To develop an organized series of videos, web pages, documents, and images covering priority PGR topics. (3) To establish an online repository to host, organize, provide access to, and track usage of the developed content. (4) Based on the resources developed in Objective 2, to develop graduate level online courses at CSU and ISU on PGR conservation and their use in plant breeding and genetics. (5) To disseminate the developed materials broadly through announcements, presentations, webinars, and journal articles.

USDA’s contribution to the total project will focus on Objectives 1, 2, 3, and 5. Expertise within USDA will be used to develop content relating to Plant Genetic Resources Conservation and Use. Content will include videos, websites, images, etc. and will be made freely available through a new website interface developed by the National Germplasm Resources Laboratory.