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Bioversity International, together with partners, produces training and self-learning materials on selected topics on the use and conservation of agricultural and forest biodiversity for a variety of audiences including researchers, technicians, university lecturers and policymakers.

Many of the training packages include lecture support notes, exercises, notes for trainers, further reading, references, links and slides. Some materials are available in different languages.

Ex situ Conservation and Genebank Management

A training module for the international course on the management and utilization of field genebanks and in vitro collections (2011) equips lecturers, practicum instructors, and technical staff who maintain germplasm collections with the latest knowledge and best practices. This module is divided into two parts: lectures with discussions and practical hands-on sessions. Available in English.

Training Module for the International Course on Plant Genetic Resources and Genebank Management (2009) develops a practical understanding of the interface between genebanks and breeders. It includes lecture materials and practical exercises. It was developed for a face-to-face short course on genebank management. Available in English

Multi-Institutional Distance Learning Course on Ex Situ Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources (2007) covers basic concepts of plant genetic resources: from germplasm acquisition to genebank management. Available in Opens external link in new windowEnglish and Spanish.



Forest Genetic Resources

Forest Genetic Resources Training Guide enables teachers and trainers to cover genetic issues in their existing courses and increases understanding of how to manage diverse and complex forest and other tree based ecosystems sustainably. It’s attractive, accessible to non-specialists and available in English, Spanish and French.   
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In Situ Conservation

In situ Conservation of Crop Wild Relatives - eLearning Modules were developed to help conservationists gain preliminary insight into the tools and methods for effective conservation of CWR. They complement the Crop Wild Relatives: a Manual of in situ conservation and in each module you can also access the corresponding chapter in English and French. Learn more

Payments for Agrobiodiversity Conservation Services: PES and Quinoa in the Andes case study examines if quinoa can help to improve the livelihoods of the poor farmers who grow it without leading to genetic erosion. Developed in cooperation with Cornell University, the case is accompanied by a variety of multimedia materials. Learn more

Training Guide for In Situ Conservation On Farm is geared to give national programmes basic technical skills and tools to build institutional capacity and partnerships to implement an on-farm conservation programme. Available in English, Spanish and Russian. Learn more

Plant breeding

Pre-Breeding for Effective Use of Plant Genetic Resources jointly developed by Bioversity International and the Global Partnership Initiative for Plant Breeding Capacity Building/FAO, this e-learning training course improves the capacity of plant breeders and genebank managers to better access and utilize the crop genetic resources in genebanks for crop improvement. 

Plant Collecting

Collecting plant genetic diversity – technical guidelines guides new and experienced collectors on how to sample, collect and preserve a wealth of genetic resources – not only crop plants and trees but also wild species, symbiotic bacteria and fungi, pollen and even DNA. Learn more

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture: Implementing the Multilateral System - Learning Module (2010) explains the multilateral system of access and benefit-sharing of the International Treaty and its standard material transfer agreement (SMTA) to enhance transfer of plant genetic resources.   Find it here

Law and Policy of Relevance to the Management of Plant Genetic Resources (2005) introduces international legal and policy instruments relevant to professionals who manage, conserve and use plant genetic resources for food and agriculture or have policy-making responsibilities. The 2010 module above completely supersedes the chapter on the International Treaty. 

Spatial analysis

Training manual on spatial analysis of plant diversity and distribution intended for scientists and students who work with biodiversity data and are interested in developing skills to conduct spatial analysis based on (free) GIS applications with a focus on diversity and ecological analyses. Although this training focuses on plant diversity, many of the types of analyses described can also be applied for other organisms such as animals and fungi. Available in English,  Spanish and French.