Preparatory actions on EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture

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PGR Secure

Start date: 02/07/2011 > Completion date: 10/31/2014

General information about the project/initiative

Name of the Project/Initiative: PGR Secure
Acronym: PGR Secure

General information about the organisation

Name: University of Birmingham
City: Birmingham
Post Code: B15 2TT
Country: UK

Contact details of the person responsible for the project/initiative:

Name: Nigel Maxted
Phone number: +44 1297 678 774

Description of the project/initiative

Domains covered by the project/initiative:

  • Plant genetic resources (PGR)

Number of partners: 5000
Scope of the project: International
Initial motivation for starting the project/initiative: The need to form a better link between conservation and use

Actions which describe the project – Actions are ranked from 1 to 10

Managing genetic resources (collecting, conserving, maintaining, regenerating, optimising composition, etc.) 1
Generating information (phenotyping, genotyping, etc.) 3
Breeding and producing cultivars/breeds (including pre-breeding) 5
Managing information (databasing, interfacing, etc.) 6
Improving methodology (improving all the above, standardising, etc.) 7
Building capacity (involving GR collection managers) 9
Scientific research (analysing diversity, finding traits, etc.) 8
Promoting use (aiming at potential users) 4
Raising public awareness (aiming at the general public) 2
Improving the link between conservation and use

Budget and funding

Overall budget of the project/initiative (in Euros): 4,500,000
National government: 15%
Other(s): 85%
Comments: Most of funding from EC DG Agriculture

Expected outcomes and communication


Increase knowledge X
Improve/conserve genetic resource materials X
Scientific community X
Genetic resources conservation community X

Better links between conservation and use


Final consumers X
Policy makers X
Users of genetic resources such as breeders, farmers, industry X

Project/initiative to lead to the initiation of further projects/initiatives

– Further national and European projects

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