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May 6, 2011

Latin American countries join forces to protect their staple crops

On 6 May 2011, SciDev.Net reported on the efforts of 19 Latin American seed banks to coordinate their crop germplasm collection efforts.  Leading this cooperative effort was the Global Crop Diversity Trust.

Efforts include identifying unique materials, hand-pollination, harvesting, processing, cleaning, and drying new collection samples.  Some of the important crops collected include - tomato, sweet potato, cassava and yam.

Duplicate samples are being forwarded to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in the Arctic for safe-keeping.  As part of this effort, Peru recently announced that it would send over 1,200 potato varieties to Peru.

For more see: Lucci, Caterina Elizondo.  "Latinoamérica se une para preservar sus cultivos." SciDev.Net, 6 May 2011.

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