USDA-ARS and Colorado State University are organizing a workshop:
- To identify the pedagogical options, logistics, and curriculum topics for a U.S. plant genetic resource management training effort, with major emphasis on a distance-learning course.
- To design a strategy to develop, deliver, and sustain a plant genetic resource management training program.
They’re asking me for an “international perspective” on what genebank managers should be knowledgeable about, so I’m asking you. But don’t send me a laundry list (there are plenty of curriculums out there), or your favourite topic. What I’d like to know is what ONE topic you think has been neglected in teaching crop diversity conservation in the past, and is unlikely to be revived without a major effort.
All contributions will be gratefully acknowledged in my presentation, needless to say (and I’ll post evidence to that effect in due course).