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Aims and scope

The Plant Genetic Resources Newsletter publishes papers in English, French or Spanish, dealing with the genetic resources of useful plants, resulting from new work, historical study, review and criticism in genetic diversity, ethnobotanical and ecogeographical surveying, herbarium studies, collecting, characterization and evaluation, documentation, conservation, and genebank practice.


The Plant Genetic Resources Newsletter is published under the joint auspices of the Bioversity International and the Plant Production and Protection Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).


The Plant Genetic Resources Newsletter appears as one volume per year, made up of four issues, published in March, June, September and December. Plant Genetic Resources Newsletter is available free of charge to interested libraries of genebanks, university and government departments, research institutions, etc. The periodical may also be made available to individuals who can show that they have a need for a personal copy of the publication.

Types of papers

An article will publish the results of new and original work that makes a significant contribution to the knowledge of the subject area that the article deals with. Articles, which should be of a reasonable length, will be considered by the Editorial Committee for scope and suitability, then assessed by an expert referee for scientific content and validity.

Short communications
A short communication will report results, in an abbreviated form, of work of interest to the plant genetic resources community. Short communications in particular will contain accounts of germplasm acquisition missions.

Other papers
The Plant Genetic Resources Newsletter will publish other forms of reports such as discussion papers, critical reviews, and papers discussing current issues within plant genetic resources. Book reviews will be printed, as well as a News and Notes section. Suggestions for books to review are invited, as are contributions to News and Notes.


The PGR Newsletter has adopted an online article management system.

Authors and reviewers will now be able to check the status of their articles directly online, on this Web site and be constantly updated on the progress of their papers.

To submit your manuscript please go to the PGR Newsletter submission Web site ( and follow the [Register] link. Once you have created your profile you can upload your paper. This new system offers authors a number advantages, allowing you to:

  • Create and edit your personal profile

  • Submit a manuscript through the online forms

  • Check the status of your papers

  • Receive automatic emails containing updated information about your manuscripts

  • Correspond with editors

  • Send and receive changes to your articles

The designations employed, and the presentation of material in the periodical, and in maps which appear herein, do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of Bioversity International or FAO concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. Similarly, the views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bioversity International or FAO..

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This newsletter published under the joint auspices of the Bioversity International (Bioversity) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), features articles and reviews of developments in plant genetic resources, book reviews, news and notes on Bioversity International activities.

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