The U.S. National Plant Germplasm System
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In the United States, the critical task of preserving our plant genetic resources is the responsibility of the National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS).

NPGS undergoes a thorough analysis in this book, which offers wide-ranging recommendations for equipping the agency to better meet U.S. needs--and lead international conservation efforts.

The book outlines the importance and status of plant genetic conservation and evaluates NPGS's multifaceted operations. Two options for revamping NPGS within the U.S. Department of Agriculture are included.


  • Biology and Life Sciences — Policy, Reviews and Evaluations

Publication Info

196 pages | 6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-309-04390-8

Table of Contents

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Front Matter i-xvi
Executive Summary 1-20
1 Managing Crop Genetic Resources 21-42
2 Elements of the National Plant Germplasm System 43-86
3 Administration of the National System 87-106
4 Prescription for Effectiveness 107-144
References 145-148
Glossary 149-153
Abbreviations 154-155
Authors 156-160
Index 161-173
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National Research Council. The U.S. National Plant Germplasm System. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 1991.

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