Biotechnology and biological diversity : EC research into the efficient conservation and use of genetic resources
Conservation of genetic resources has been adopted as one of the key elements of the biotechnology research programme of the EC. At a meeting of experts in July 1990 the research objectives were set out as follows: i) Molecular genetic methods for rapid genetic characterisation of plant and animal material: efficient routine procedures should provide genetic data on large sample sizes, so that genetically determined characteristics and the degree of genetic diversity can be identified. ii) Plant information systems: the worldwide cataloguing of existing plant species can constitute an invaluable source of information for biotechnological science and industry. iii) Strategy for conserving animal genetic resources: as long-term storage of animal genetic material is often hampered by the lack of adequate techniques, a strategy has to be developed to guarantee optimum efficiency in resource conservation. iv) Research into hitherto unknown communities of microorganisms: efforts are to be concentrated on finding alternatives to existing ways of isolating, cultivating, conserving and characterising microbes taxonomically.
Bibliographic Reference: Article: BIOforum, Vol. 14 (1991) pp. 286-287
Record Number: 199210409 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
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