Submitted to: Dekker Encyclopedia of Plant and Crop Science
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/1/2003
Publication Date: 1/30/2004
Citation: Pollak, L.M. 2004. Germplasm collections:Regeneration in maintenance. In: Goodman, Robert M., editor. Encyclopedia of Plant and Crop Science. New York, NY: Marcel Dekker, Inc. p. 541-543. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: When seed samples are collected from populations and saved in a germplasm bank, they are maintained as separate accessions along with the passport data gathered during collection. When the seed viability decreases or supply falls short due to inability to meet user demand, regeneration is necessary. Vegetatively-propagated plants have special problems of regeneration. The goal of regeneration is to preserve the genetic variability that existed in the population when it was collected.