Approach at CGN

CGN Plant Genetic Resources has focussed on a limited number of collections, for which it attempts to maintain high quality seed, which is readily available to bona fide users. CGN strives to increase knowledge over its germplasm relevant to its users. All parties which use its germplasm for breeding, research or cultivation and which have access to facilities needed to attain these objectives qualify as bona fide users.

CGN has focussed on innovative approaches in management of genetic resources, in particular collection management strategies, documentation and information, utilization of molecular markers for collection and on-farm population management, and linking ex-situ and on-farm conservation strategies and the stakeholders involved.

CGN operates as a partner in the European network of genebanks, ECPGR. It contributes to this network by its collections of horticultural and arable crops, and by the development of methodologies in collection management and database management. A special collaboration exist with the German genebank in Braunschweig. Several joint German/Dutch collections (Potato, Beta and Chicory), maintained either in Braunschweig or in Wageningen, have been established.

In this context, CGN participates in a number of EU projects.

At the national level close links exist with the private plant breeding industry, Plant Research International and other departments of Wageningen University and Research Centre, in particular for characterization and evaluation of the crop collections of CGN.
CGN is a partner in the international network of various governmental and non-governmental organisations, the Community Biodiversity Development and Conservation programme, concerned with the support of farming communities which maintain genetic diversity in situ, as complementary to ex situ genebank conservation. The CBDC programme regards farmers as the central stakeholders in on-farm management of agrobiodiversity.