Varieties for Diversity
German plant breeders have, in co-operation with the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection as well as the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food, initiated the “Varieties for Diversity” initiative. This is the first time ever that protected premium plant varieties of German breeders are included in the MLS of the ITPGR.
They are comprehensively described and even descriptions of climatic adaptation have been added to facilitate a targeted selection of suitable plant material. The varieties can be easily accessed by anybody in the world via the German National Inventory of Plant Genetic Resources.
Anybody who wants to access these genetic resources needs to sign the sMTA. Additional agreements may include that the recipient will pay the cost for shipping as well as for the necessary plant health certificates. For the genetic resources themselves no payment is charged.
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