Plant genetic resources at SLU
From 2018-2020, the Plant Breeding Platform has been financing an assignment to Dennis Eriksson, Researcher at the Department of Plant Breeding in Alnarp, to develop routines for how to handle plant genetic resources that are acquired from outside of Sweden and to provide the necessary support and advice to researchers at SLU that are working with plant genetic resources.
Much research at SLU is dependent on the access to, and exchange of, plant genetic resources from other countries. There are a number of international agreements on access and benefit sharing (ABS) that need to be considered for this type of exchange, such as the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) and the Nagoya protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The International Treaty is a multilateral system dealing with many important crop genetic resources, whereas the Nagoya protocol works bilaterally and handles not only plant but all genetic resources (with the exception of those crops covered by the International Treaty, pandemic diseases and the human genome) and their associated traditional knowledge. The deposition and use of digital sequence information is currently under negotiation within the Nagoya protocol.
It is important that researchers at SLU have well established routines for how to handle plant genetic resources that are acquired from outside of Sweden and that adequate measures are taken to comply with international agreements. This has become increasingly important since the Nagoya protocol entered into force in October 2014 and was implemented in Sweden through the EU ABS Regulation No. 511/2014, with a supplementary Swedish regulation (SFS 2016:858) from October 2016.
There are not yet any common such routines at SLU and the awareness of the above mentioned international agreements is rather low. The Plant Breeding Platform is therefore financing an assignment to Dennis Eriksson, Researcher at the Department of Plant Breeding in Alnarp, to develop these routines and to provide the necessary support and advice to researchers at SLU that are working with plant genetic resources. This assignment links to a recent initiative at SLU to set up a cross-faculty structure to handle genetic resources under the Nagoya protocol.
For more information, please contact Dennis Eriksson at email@example.com.
Visiting address: Sundsvägen 10, Alnarp