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DivSeek International launches 11 global ‘Hubs’ to accelerate the use of natural genetic diversity to advance crop improvement

October 7, 2020

 

SASKATOON, SK – The DivSeek International Network Inc. (DivSeek International), a global, community-driven organization that facilitates the generation, integration and sharing of information related to plant genetic resources, thereby empowering genebank managers, researchers, breeders, and farmers to more effectively utilize genetic variation for research, accelerated crop improvement, and sustainable production, has launched 11 Hub Pilots in North America, Australasia, India, Africa and Europe.

Led by teams of independent researchers, the Pilot phase will be a minimum of one year and will provide a framework to identify opportunities for formalization of inter-regional collaborations, leveraging of regional capacity and supporting the training needs of young researchers.

DivSeek International’s operations are funded by Genome Canada, Genome Prairie and the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) at the University of Saskatchewan. The organization currently has 67 member institutions representing 28 countries and has established a Secretariat in Saskatoon hosted by GIFS. 

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