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The Value of Genebanks on Farms in Developing Agriculture

The Value of Genebanks on Farms in Developing Agriculture © Photo credit: Neil Palmer/CGIAR Genebank PlatformThis thematic series will publish in 
CABI Agriculture and Bioscience.

CABI Agriculture and Bioscience


Guest Edited by: Nigel Halford1 & Bruno Mezzetti2
1 Rothamsted Research, UK; 2 Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy

Submission Deadline: 01 October 2021

Aims and Scope: Although plant genetic resources for food from global agriculture fields can be lost under the onslaught of natural and human hardship, a vast array of nature’s solutions remain safe in the world’s genebanks. Unlike museum collections, materials held in genebanks are living resources that require specialized care and technical practices. However, genebanks managers face on-going challenges in garnering the investments needed to effectively manage their holdings, in part because the full value of plant genetic resources is poorly understood. Although many researchers and global food security experts do understand the significance of agricultural genetic stockpiles, many investment decision-makers do not. Robust research is needed to document and assign monetary value to the holdings in agricultural genebanks including links to local communities. This collection will provide research findings and perspectives that clarify the value of genebanks in conserving genetic diversity, enhancing the livelihoods of today’s farmers, and informing the uncertain future of developing agri-food economies.

Manuscripts considered: This collection solicits high-quality scientific manuscripts based on original, interdisciplinary research on:

  • Empirical modeling that links the use of genetic resources conserved in genebanks to farmer decision-making and livelihoods in developing agriculture
  • Flows, interpretation and valuation of distribution of genebank accessions at a global, regional or local scale 
  • Evaluation of organizational efforts to provide seed conserved in genebanks in response to natural or human-made disasters
  • Data-based estimates of the insurance or option values of genebanks particularly in the context of specialized traits of increasing importance under climate change, such as drought or heat tolerance



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Submission Instructions: Prior to submission, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for the journal. To ensure that you submit to the correct article collection, please select 'The Value of Genebanks on Farms in Developing Agriculture' in the drop-down menu upon submission; in addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish for your manuscript to be considered within this thematic series. 

All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection. 

Articles published in this collection:


  1. The CGIAR genebank International Musa Germplasm Transit Centre (ITC) currently holds 1617 banana accessions from 38 countries as an in vitro collection, backed-up by a cryopreserved collection to safeguard global...

    Authors: Ines Van den houwe, Rachel Chase, Julie Sardos, Max Ruas, Els Kempenaers, Valentin Guignon, Sebastien Massart, Sebastien Carpentier, Bart Panis, Mathieu Rouard and Nicolas Roux

    Citation: CABI Agriculture and Bioscience 2020 1:15

    Content type: Review

    Published on:

    The Correction to this article has been published in CABI Agriculture and Bioscience 2020 1:18

  2. Besides the Basmati, the aromatic rice germplasm (ARG) accessions are treasured for quality, medicinal value and aroma. The demand for aromatic rice is ever increasing. Genetic diversity is the source of varia...

    Authors: G. S. V. Prasad, G. Padmavathi, K. Suneetha, M. S. Madhav and K. Muralidharan

    Citation: CABI Agriculture and Bioscience 2020 1:13

    Content type: Research

    Published on: