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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

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 International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) holds in trust the world's largest collection of rice diversity, with more than 130,000 accessions of cultivated rice and wild species. Between 2012 and 2018, a...

    Authors: Nelissa Jamora and Venuprasad Ramaiah
    Citation: CABI Agriculture and Bioscience 2022 3:26
  2. One of the less known benefits of the CGIAR is the facilitation of international agricultural research for crop improvement by providing a continuous supply of breeding materials for the development of disease...

    Authors: Yuji Enriquez, Melinda Smale, Nelissa Jamora, Mohammod Hossain and Lava Kumar
    Citation: CABI Agriculture and Bioscience 2022 3:15
  3. Cowpea or black-eyed pea (Vigna unguiculata L.) is one of the preferred food crops in Nigeria, as expressed in land area and production. The popularity of the crop is in part related to the successful development...

    Authors: Abel-Gautier Kouakou, Ademola Ogundapo, Melinda Smale, Nelissa Jamora, Julius Manda and Michael Abberton
    Citation: CABI Agriculture and Bioscience 2022 3:14
  4. Genebanks contribute to poverty reduction as well as food and nutritional security by being one of the main sources of diversity for the development of improved crop varieties. While the welfare implications o...

    Authors: Martin Paul Jr. Tabe-Ojong, Melinda Smale, Nelissa Jamora and Vania Azevedo
    Citation: CABI Agriculture and Bioscience 2022 3:12
  5. Potato landraces (Solanum spp.) are not only crucial for food security and sustenance in Andean communities but are also deeply rooted in the local culture. The crop originated in the Andes, and while a great div...

    Authors: Sophia Lüttringhaus, Willy Pradel, Víctor Suarez, Norma C. Manrique-Carpintero, Noelle L. Anglin, David Ellis, Guy Hareau, Nelissa Jamora, Melinda Smale and Rene Gómez
    Citation: CABI Agriculture and Bioscience 2021 2:45
  6. 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

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

  7. 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