Exploration, utilization and conservation of genetic resources


The period since the last World Consultation has seen much activity, from the work of individuals and research institutes to the national and particularly the international scale. The developed countries, mainly in temperate regions, have been largely responsible for the elaboration of the philosophy and strategy of genetic conservation, and they have to a large degree the means to explore and conserve their plant genetic resources in their own interests, both severally and in collaboration. It is in the tropics and sub-tropics that the greatest potential exists for development of forest genetic resources, and it is also there that action on conservation is most urgently needed.


Unasylva (1978) 30 (119-20) 10-16/ 47-48

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