ILRI AND CIAT GENEBANK STAFF MEET TO DISCUSS FORAGES
The 'Global Strategy for the Conservation and Utilisation of Tropical and Sub-Tropical Forage Genetic Resources' recommended that CIAT and ILRI join forces and strive to harmonize the curation of their forage germplasm collections. For the first time, technical teams from the two centers were brought together for a workshop in October 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The participants discussed technical experiences, exchanged views and gained lessons. They conducted some hands-on genebank work at the ILRI genebank. Prior to the workshop, staff in charge of field operations in Colombia and Ethiopia spent two days to visit the ILRI Debre Zeit and Zwai field sites to observe seed regeneration and processing practices in detail. They also visited field genebanks where some important grass collections are conserved. In the final discussions, plans were made to improve both efficiency and quality of operations of these two genebanks for enhancing germplasm conservation and utilization of tropical and subtropical forages.