The Collection, Evaluation and Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources
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Report on the findings of a meeting of a TAC Ad Hoc Working Group held at the USDA Research Center in Beltsville, Maryland in March 1972. The working group was asked to provide advice on an action program for the conservation of plant genetic resources. It recommended a global network of genetic resource centers, involving both developed and developing countries, composed of a number of existing and planned regional and crop specific institutes. The network would be guided by an expert Coordinating Committee selected by TAC, and based at FAO Headquarters in Rome under a trust fund to ensure its independence. Program objectives, priorities by crop and by region, proposed structure and relations with its host FAO, and budget proposal for its first three years. Working group TOR and attendance at meeting attached. Agenda item presented at TAC Third Meeting, April 1972.