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2nd Announcement of the International Training Course: Seed Conservation Techniques for Wild Plant Resources
source:     author:     2010-11-18

2nd Announcement

International Training Course: Seed Conservation Techniques for Wild Plant Resources

Date: 16-27 January 2011 (including a CAS sponsored 4-day excursion to Xishuangbanna)

Place: Kunming China

Course background 

Conservation and effective utilization of plant genetic resources contribute to food and nutritional security, poverty alleviation and environmental protection, which are major challenges faced by humankind in the 21st century. Various in situ and ex situ conservation tools are introduced to halt the loss of plant diversity, however, the in situ conservation and the traditional method of ex situ conservation through field maintenance are cost intensive and often capture only a limited genetic diversity. Seed banking is recognized as the most cost-efficient method for ex situ conservation of plant diversity, with huge potentials for the long term storage, individual propagation, population restoration, and scientific research.

The Kunming Institute of Botany (KIB), Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) are jointly conducting an International Training Course on Seed Conservation Techniques for Wild Plant Resources, in order to enhance the capacity of national programmes to use seed banking techniques to conserve the wild plant resources in Southeast Asia. The Germplasm Bank of Wild Species at KIB hosts the biggest wild plant seed bank in China and is equipped with advanced facilities for this training course. The trainers from both KIB and Kew’s MSB will impart theoretical knowledge as well as hands-on training for seed conservation.

Course objectives

This course aims to:

  • ·  Provide participants with essential knowledge necessary for planning a seed conservation programme;
  • ·  Improve skills of participants in using seed bank techniques for conservation and management of wild plant resources
  • ·  Enhance the use of seed conservation protocols for germplasm of wild plant resources;

Curriculum

Topics (Lectures and group activities)

1. Seed Banking as a Conservation Tool

2. Seed Banking – the basics

3. Access and Benefit Sharing under CBD

4. Seed Banking – equipment

5. Targeting Species for Seed Collection

6. Making Quality Seed Collections (classroom and field)

7. Data Management and Dissemination

8. Using Seed Collections and Associated Knowledge

9. Turning seeds into plants - overcoming dormancy and other problems

10. Working together in South East Asia to achieve the GSPC targets 

Practical sessions

1. Assess the target species population for seed collection

2. Collect the target species and associated data

3. Seed cleaning techniques

4. Seed germination 

Excursion

To visit a place of tropical flavor, beauty, serenity and fun far away from the hustle and bustle of big cities, the tropical paradise - Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanic Garden the Chinese Academy of Sciences (website: http://english.xtbg.cas.cn/)

Course language

All course handouts and lectures will be in English.

Programme


 

International Training Course: Seed Conservation Techniques for Wild Plant Resources

Programme

 

Date

Day

Summary

Activities

Location

Day 1

16-Jan

Sun

Arrival & Registration

Arrival & Registration

Expo Garden Hotel, Kunming

Day 2

17-Jan

Mon

Training courses

Opening ceremony and training courses

KIB

Day 3

18-Jan

Tue

Training courses

KIB

Day 4

19-Jan

Wed

Training courses

KIB

Day 5

20-Jan

Thu

Field work

Field work (assessing populations and making quality seed collections)

Kunming

Day 6

21-Jan

Fri

Training courses

Training courses

KIB

Day 7

22-Jan

Sat

Training courses, discussions, closing ceremony

KIB

Day 8

23-Jan

Sun

Day break

Day Break

Kunming

Day 9

24-Jan

Mon

Excursion to Xishuangbanna

Flight to Xishuangban

Kunming® Xishuangbanna

Day 10

25-Jan

Tue

Visit Xishuangbanna

Xishuangbanna

Day 11

26-Jan

Wed

Xishuangbanna

Day 12

27-Jan

Thu

Flight back to Kunming

Xishuangbanna ® Kunming

 

Confirmation Form

 

Family name

(Last name)

Given name

 (first name)

Would you like to take the excursion to Xishuangbanna?

(Yes or No)

Passport Number*

Proposed arriving date

(& flight number if possible)

Proposed departure date (& flight number if possible)

 

 

 

 

 

 

* This is required for the purpose of our purchasing the return tickets to Xishuangbanna.

Please send your completed confirmation form by fax, mail or as an email attachment to the address indicated below, as soon as possible, and no later than 20 December 2010.

 

For more information contact:

Ms. LIN Chen

Germplasm Bank of Wild Species

Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Heilongtan, 650204, CHINA

Phone: (86) 871-522 3057

Fax: (86) 871-5217791

Email:linchen@mail.kib.ac.cn


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