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M.A. Jorge1,2, G. Claessens1, J. Hanson2, M.E. Dullo1, E. Goldberg1, I. Thormann1, and S. Alemayehu2
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Crop Genebank Knowledge Base: Strengthening capacity to manage genebanks

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Poster prepared for the Exhibition during the African Union 2010 Summit, Theme—ICT in Africa: Challenges & Prospects for Development, held at UNECA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 29 Jan-2 Feb 2010.

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Crop Genebank Knowledge Base: Strengthening capacity to manage genebanks

  1. 1. M.A. Jorge1,2, G. Claessens1, J. Hanson2, M.E. Dullo1, E. Goldberg1, I. Thormann1, and S. Alemayehu2 1Bioversity International 2International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) What is the challenge for genebank staff? One of the greatest challenges for genebank managers is to find crop specific guidelines and protocols to help them Photo: IRRI conserve and manage their specific crops in their genebanks. Up till now guidelines on genebank management for different crops were hard to find. Many are scattered and not readily accessible while others have not been compiled into any manuals or published guidelines. The Crop Genebank Knowledge Base is being developed to fill this gap. How can the Crop Genebank Knowledge Base (CGKB) help genebank staff? The CGKB provides information on crop specific genebank activities for 9 crops (banana, barley, cassava, chickpea, forage grasses, forage legumes, maize, rice and wheat), regeneration guidelines for an additional 12 crops, general genebank procedures (registration through to distribution), protocols, guidelines, manuals, publications as well as training materials on genebank management. What is special about this Crop Genebank Knowledge Base website? The CGKB contains dynamic, up to date information on best practices Knowledge validated by genebank managers of different leading research institutes. The CGKB contains multimedia (photos and video) to support and document the content. It also contains many interactive items such as Resources flipbooks (series of clickable pictures), presentations, tutorials, a forum, a blog, e-learning materials and many links to other relevant sites and can also be used as a training tool. The CGKB is built using the open source Joomla content management system (CMS). This CMS allows users of this website to register and Participation participate in developing or updating content. Users can join the Wikis or Blog, upload a best practice for comments, share a video, photo, or other materials from their own genebank or field visits. What are the next steps? We will establish collaboration mechanisms with curators of genebanks to regularly update the information and to add best practices for other crops. The site will be expanded linking other practices and guidelines for genebank management such as quality assurance standards. User feedback will help to improve the site further. The CGKB site is an initiative of the System-wide Genetic Resources Program (SGRP) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), financed by the World Bank. The International Agricultural Research Centres who worked together to make this site possible were: | Africa Rice Center | Bioversity International | CIAT | CIMMYT | CIP | ICARDA | ICRISAT | IFPRI | IITA | ILRI | IRRI |