Eighth International Training on ‘In Vitro and Cryopreservation Approaches for Conser-vation of Plant Genetic Resources’, ICAR-NBPGR, New Delhi, Nov. 5-19, 2019

Date Posted: 04-11-2019

ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR), New Delhi and Bioversity International-India, New Delhi in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Association for Agricultural Research Insti-tutes (APAARI) Bangkok, are organizing the Eighth International Training Course on ‘In Vitro and Cryopreservation Approaches for Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources’ from Nov. 5-19, 2019.
Tissue Culture and Cryopreservation Unit (TCCU) of ICAR-NBPGR, New Delhi, designated as a Centre of Excellence (CoE) by ICAR and Bioversity International for undertaking international training pro-grammes on ‘In Vitro Conservation and Cryopreservation’ of PGR, since 2006 has conducted seven such trainings in the past, benefitting more than 100 trainees from 40 countries. The main aim of the CoE is to provide training opportunities primarily to the developing countries to enhance the capaci-ty of national and international genebanks/laboratories for using advanced biotechnological tech-niques for conservation of “difficult-to-conserve” germplasm, such as clonally propagated material, recalcitrant seeded species, threatened species, etc.
This year 22 trainees from 13 countries including Pacific Region (Fiji, PNG, Samoa), South and East Asia (Bangladesh, Chinese Taipei, India, Philippines,), Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine) and Africa (Algeria, Madagascar, Senegal) are participating. Besides resource spersons from NBPGR, ICAR, Bioversity International-India and APAARI/APCoAB, Bangkok, informative lectures from the leading international experts in the field of in vitro culture and cryobiotechnology will be delivered by Dr Hugh Pritchard (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK), Dr Bart Panis (Bioversity International, Leuven, Belgium), Dr Takao Niino (Japan) and Dr Kanchit Thammasari (Mahidol University, Bang-kok, Thailand).
This training course is especially designed for those who are currently involved in the development and use of in vitro and/or cryopreservation techniques for the medium- to long-term conservation of germplasm of vegetatively propagated and non-orthodox seed species. The course will consist of a series of lectures with greater emphasis on laboratory practical sessions. It is expected that the training would open opportunities for collaboration as well as international visibility to ICAR, for its leadership in capacity development in the area of biotechnology for conservation of PGR.

List of Trainees
Traing Schedule

(Source: Officer-in-Charge, Tissue Culture and Cryopreservation Unit, ICAR-NBPGR)