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Dissemination of cryopreservation protocol information and analytical techniques methodologies for the study and improvement of cryostorage parameters

Two training workshops were organized by IPGRI in collaboration with other CRYMCEPT partners. The aim of the workshops was to disseminate the results from the various work packages, in particular the improved cryopreservation protocols and analytical techniques developed by the project partners to relevant scientific and technical staff of selected genebanks and research institutes in Europe and beyond.

The workshops had the following two main objectives:
- To create awareness among decision-makers on the importance of cryopreservation and how it can be useful effectively to conserve plant genetic resources; and

- To train germplasm collection holders on how to develop and optimise cryopreservation techniques and protocols to more effectively conserve germplasm of importance to their regions, countries and institutions.

The procedure for the organization of the courses was discussed at the 3rd CRYMCEPT Steering Committee held in Derby in September 2004. During this meeting the venue of the training courses, the contents, resources persons for the course, the selection process for trainees, workshops announcement and training materials and budget were discussed and agreed upon. A selection committee was set up at the third CRYMCEPT steering committee to follow on the workshop arrangements. Close contact was maintained between IPGRI and the workshop hosting institutions (KUL and IRD) and other the members of the selection committee by email and one teleconference was held.

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International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI)
IPGRI-HQ, Via dei Tre Denari 472/a
I-00057 Rome
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