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GROW Webinars

Genebank Resources on the Web (GROW) webinars are presented through a partnership between the Crop Trust and CGIAR to provide thought-provoking discussions within the genebank community.

The webinar series explores topics ranging from emerging technologies, operational efficiency, collecting to seed longevity, policy and use. GROW aims to tackle difficult questions and provoke discussion on important genebank-related details and themes.

Webinars are bi-monthly and pre-registration is required to attend.


Upcoming GROW Webinar

1 December 2022

How Can Genebanks Double the Diversity Available for Plant Breeding?

By Nigel Maxted

Professor of Plant Genetic Conservation, University of Birmingham


Latest GROW Webinars

6 October 2022

What It Takes To Build an Eco-Efficient Genebank for the 21st Century: Experiences and Lessons Learned

By Peter Wenzl

Leader, Genetic Resource Program, Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)


Past GROW Webinars

The following webinars were presented through the CGIAR Genebank Platform, which ran from 2017 to the end of 2021. It supported CGIAR Research Centers to fulfill their legal obligation to conserve and make available 750,000 seed samples of crops and trees on behalf of the global community under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. The Platform supported day-to-day genebank operations, and activities to improve efficiency, enhance use and ensure compliance with international policy. This work was supported jointly by donor contributions to the CGIAR Fund and the Crop Trust Endowment Fund.

Collecting. Have We Done Enough?

How Much Genetic Diversity Is Really Still Missing From Genebanks?

By Julian Ramirez-Villegas

Principal Scientist and Leader of Data Science for Climate Action, Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)


Multi-omics Data Integration

SoyKB and KBCommons: Enabling Data Mining, Farming, and Harvesting in the Cloud

By Trupti Joshi

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Management and Informatics, University of Missouri

Loss of Biodiversity

Crop Genetic Erosion

By Colin Khoury

Director, Department of Science and Conservation, San Diego Botanic Garden, and Visiting Scientist, Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Genebanks and Breeding Efforts

Squeezing the Good Stuff Out of the Vaults: Fields, Genomics, or Genebankomics?

By Filippo Bassi

Senior Scientist, Durum Wheat Breeder, International Center for the Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Bridging the Gap Between Benefit Sharing and Open Access

Digital Sequence Information: A Looming Disaster or Hidden Opportunity for Positive Change?

By Amber Hartman Scholz

Deputy to the Director, Leibniz-Institut DSMZ German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Culture

Are Genebanks Serving Farmers?

Genebanks: What Is Their Use To Farmers?

By Marleni Ramirez

Representative of Peru, Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)

Future of Genebanks

How Far Should The CGIAR Genebanks Dare To Go?

By Ruaraidh Sackville Hamilton

Independent Consultant & Former Head of the Genetic Resource Center, IRRI

In Praise of Seed Morgues

Who Needs Seeds?

By Douglas Gollin

Development Economics Professor, Oxford University

Seed Longevity

Seed Survival In Storage

By Fiona Hay

Senior Scientist, Aarhus University

International Collaboration

The Critical Role of International Collaborations to Improve Conservation and Utilization of Crop Collections

By Gayle Volk 

Plant Physiologist, USDA-ARS

By Clarice Coyne

Curator and Geneticist, USDA-ARS

Emerging Technologies

CRISPR Crops: Plant Genome Editing Made Easy

By Sophien Kamoun

Head of Sainsbury Laboratory, UK

Genebank Efficiency

Rethinking Genebank Management

By Theo van Hintum

Centre for Genetic Resources (CGN), Wageningen University

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