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The Optimal Timing of Evaluation of Genebank Accessions and the Effects of Biotechnology

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  • Bonwoo Koo
  • Brian D. Wright

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The lack of ex ante evaluation of germplasm in genebanks has been the single most prevalent and long-standing complaint of plant breeders about the management of genebanks. Advances in biotechnology offer the possibility of faster, cheaper and more efficient evaluation methodologies. Will these new technologies favor ex post evaluation, as some expect, or will they lead to more ex ante evaluation? Will they also lead to earlier development of varieties with specific traits in anticipation of demand for them? Will the prospect of further advances in biotechnology favor delay of evaluation and development? This paper addresses these questions in the case of evaluation of germplasm for resistance to a disease. Copyright 2000, Oxford University Press.

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  • Bonwoo Koo & Brian D. Wright, 2000. "The Optimal Timing of Evaluation of Genebank Accessions and the Effects of Biotechnology," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 82(4), pages 797-811.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:ajagec:v:82:y:2000:i:4:p:797-811
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    1. Koo, B. & Pardey, P. G. & Wright, B. D., 2003. "The economic costs of conserving genetic resources at the CGIAR centres," Agricultural Economics, Blackwell, vol. 29(3), pages 287-297, December.
    2. Abdallah Bari & Hamid Khazaei & Frederick L. Stoddard & Kenneth Street & Mikko J. Sillanpää & Yogen P. Chaubey & Selvadurai Dayanandan & Dag T. F. Endresen & Eddy Pauw & Ardeshir B. Damania, 2016. "In silico evaluation of plant genetic resources to search for traits for adaptation to climate change," Climatic Change, Springer, vol. 134(4), pages 667-680, February.
    3. Abdallah Bari & Hamid Khazaei & Frederick Stoddard & Kenneth Street & Mikko Sillanpää & Yogen Chaubey & Selvadurai Dayanandan & Dag Endresen & Eddy Pauw & Ardeshir Damania, 2016. "In silico evaluation of plant genetic resources to search for traits for adaptation to climate change," Climatic Change, Springer, vol. 134(4), pages 667-680, February.
    4. Gollin, Douglas & Evenson, Robert, 2003. "Valuing animal genetic resources: lessons from plant genetic resources," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 45(3), pages 353-363, July.
    5. Kingwell, R. & Godden, D. & Kambuou, R. & Jackson, G., 2001. "Managing and funding germplasm preservation in Papua New Guinea -- for improved indigenous foods," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 26(3), pages 265-280, June.

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