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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.

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Authors: BEESE K, CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: BIOforum, Vol. 14 (1991) pp. 286-287
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