This document brings together 14 scholarly papers presented at an international workshop in Turin, Italy in March 2005, as well as an overview of an e-conference that took place in June and July 2005. These two events examined the potential role of biotechnology in "the characterisation and conservation" of agricultural genetic resources.

The first four papers look at the current global status of livestock, fishery, crop and forest genetic resources, respectively. There are also two papers on the application of cryopreservation and reproductive techniques and eight papers that focus on the use of molecular markers. The final two chapters present the background discussion and summary from the e-conference.

This report represents a valuable resource for scientists, policy analysts and others who need a clear overview of how biotechnology can help document and preserve genetic resources.


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