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In an effort to conserve agricultural biodiversity, gene, banks are used to store and conserve the plant genetic resources of major crop plants and their crop wild relatives.
It is international treaty governing the biotechnology research and commercialization which aims to ensure the conservation of biodiversity, the sustainable use of the different components of biodiversity and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources.
The report also notes the potential impacts of escapes including of non-native species, from aquaculture farms, on biodiversity and ecosystems, and calls for the responsible exchange and use of native and non-native aquatic genetic resources.
The workshop is aimed at to achieve two main objectives, raise the capacity of the existing plant genetic resources for food and agriculture conservation and utilization facilities in OIC countries with particular focus on current status of plant diversity, its use and preservation, main achievements at the global, regional and national level and key technical and scientific advances, major gaps and needs that require urgent attention.
Later, the Ambassador visited Agricultural Biological Engineering Institute (ABEI), Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) and Plant Genetic Resource Institute (PGRI) of NARC.
The various efforts make it difficult for researchers and plant breeders to know what is held where and what genetic resources are contained in the seeds.
Oman Animal and Plant Genetic Resource Centre (OAPGRC) was initiated as per the request of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said to look into the opportunities related to the conservation and maintenance of Oman's genetic resources.
Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi will set up the Plant Genetic Resources Centre that aims to document the genetic resources of UAE's bio-diverse plant species, and studying and conserving them.
Reduction of genetic resources generates serious problems.
Governance of Genetic Resources: A Guide to Navigating the Complex Global Landscape
MEPs proceeded with final adoption, on 11 March, of the regulation implementing in the European Union the United Nations Protocol on access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from their utilisation, the so-called ABS (access and benefit-sharing) or Nagoya Protocol.
Protecting genetic resources was a heated topic of discussion during the 26th session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) in Geneva, Switzerland last week, as member countries debated the ways in which protecting the intellectual property of genetic resources came into focus.

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