The impact of the Musa International Transit Centre: Review of its services and cost-effectiveness, and recommendations for rationalization of its operations

  • Authors : Garming, H.; Roux, N.; Van Den Houwe, I.

  • Document type : Book

  • Year of publication : 2010

  • Publisher(s) : Bioversity International

  • Place of publication : Montpellier, (FRA)

  • ISBN : 978-92-9043-872-4

  • Pages : 106

  • Language(s) : English

  • Abstract : The Bioversity International Transit Centre (ITC), based at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KULeuven), Belgium is the world's largest collection of Musa germplasm with 1212 accessions held in vitro. It is committed to the longterm conservation of Musa genetic resources under the auspices of the FAO in the context of a global conservation strategy supported by the Global Crop Diversity Trust. The distribution of germplasm from ITC is regulated within the framework of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA). This study documents and assesses the performance of the ITC in terms of the conservation and distribution of Musa germplasm. It provides an overview of the impacts created through the distribution of germplasm and presents an evaluation of the service based on a survey among its users. An analysis of the costs of the ITC operations is presented, including a scenario analysis for possible future developments...


  • Open access : Yes

  • PDF : open

  • Musalit document ID : IN110184

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