|BYRNE, P - Colorado State University|
|NAMUTH-COVERT, D - Colorado State University|
|CHEN, K - Colorado State University|
|GARDNER, CANDICE - Iowa State University|
|MAHAMA, A - Iowa State University|
|DOUGLASS, F - Oak Ridge Institute For Science And Education (ORISE)|
|CERIMELE, G - Colorado State University|
|GRAY, S - Iowa State University|
|ZARESTKY, J - Colorado State University|
|MORRIS, G - Colorado State University|
Submitted to: Natural Sciences Education
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/16/2023
Publication Date: 3/27/2023
Citation: Byrne, P.F., Volk, G.M., Namuth-Covert, D., Chen, K., Kinard, G.R., Gu, L.M., Gardner, C., Mahama, A., Douglass, F., Cerimele, G., Gray, S., Zarestky, J., Morris, G. 2023. GRIN-U.org: Online portal for learning materials on plant genetic resources. Natural Sciences Education. 52(1). Article e20109. https://doi.org/10.1002/nse2.20109.
Interpretive Summary: This short manuscript is published in a journal that publishes 1-page descriptions of web resources relevant to teaching. We provide information about GRIN-U.org, a training and outreach website developed by USDA scientists in collaboration with colleagues at Colorado State University and Iowa State University. The freely available videos, eBooks, infographics, and webinars are on topics related to plant genetic resources conservation and use, including plant genebank management and breeding.
Technical Abstract: Effective conservation and use of plant genetic resources (PGR) require specialized knowledge and skills. The repository website GRIN.org was established to provide free public access to a wide array of learning materials (including videos, eBooks, infographics, and webinars, as well as links to fee-based courses) that support PGR education and professional development training. The videos are also accessible through a YouTube channel, GRIN-U Education. Among the topics covered are the fundamentals of genebanking, cryopreservation techniques, conservation of crop wild relatives, applications of plant pathology, impacts of climate change, success stories of PGR use, and virtual tours of field plots and the National Laboratory for Genetic Resources Preservation. The materials can be used in formal and informal educational settings, including high school and college academic courses, employee training, and upskilling. A wide array of targeted career paths include germplasm conservationist, plant breeder/geneticist, botanical garden curator, seed technologist, and plant science educator.