Current development and application of plant cryopreservation in Latin America and the Caribbean
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Gonzalez-Arnao, M.T.; Engelmann, F. -2011-Current development and application of plant cryopreservation in Latin America and the Caribbean -ISHS 908-p. 447-451
Permanent link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10568/42397
Internet URL: http://www.actahort.org/books/908/908_57.htm
The large majority of species for which cryopreservation protocols are necessary are grown in tropical countries. It is therefore necessary to develop cryopreservation research activities in these countries, and to promote the dissemination of relevant scientific and technical information as a prerequisite to the initiation of such research activities. Central America, South America and the Caribbean host several world biodiversity hotspots. Many of the plant species found in these areas produce recalcitrant seeds or are vegetatively propagated. They are thus relevant candidates for the development and application of cryopreservation protocols. At this moment, cryopreservation research activities are limited in Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries. Their development is hampered notably by the absence of specialized literature in Spanish. Specialists from Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Peru, as well as representatives of international institutions (FAO, Bioversity International) are significantly contributing to the publication of the first technical book in Spanish on plant cryopreservation, that summarises the research activities developed in the region and will hopefully lead in the near future to the establishment of a collaborative network of Latin American scientists.