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Date: 31.05.2018 Author: Sara Landqvist Category: Plants

NordGen is this week participating in the 10th World Potato Congress in Peru. The congress of 2018 is held in Cusco – the origin of the world’s potato. The theme of the congress is “Biodiversity, Food Security, and Business” and it includes a visit to a potato farm cultivating 1400…

Date: 22.05.2018 Author: Sara Landqvist Category: Plants

Just about when the earliest potatoes were harvested in Sweden, it was decided that NordGen will be able to expand its potato collection. In a new project, financed by the Swedish Board of Agriculture, a dozen older potato varieties will be virus cleaned. This enables us to preserve them for…

Date: 17.05.2018 Author: Sara Landqvist Category: Plants

This week NordGen participates in the meeting of the ECPGR Steering Committee in Thessaloniki, Greece. ECPGR is a collaborative Programme among most European countries, aiming at ensuring the long-term conservation and facilitating the utilization of plant genetic resources in Europe.    ECPGR is an acronym for European Cooperative Programme for…

Date: 02.05.2018 Author: Sara Landqvist Category: Plants

NordGen regularly receives visitors from all over the world, eager to learn more about gene bank management and our operations. But not all visits result in a video.   This April, Dr Jeni Henrickson and Dr. Aaron Doering from Minnesota University visited us as part of their project AgCultures, which is aimed…

Date: 13.12.2017 Author: Sara Landqvist Category: Plants

What tricks do you need to know to successfully grow old kinds of Danish cauliflower, cabbage or brussels sprouts? And how does one develop understandable growing manuals? NordGen Senior Scientist Annette Hägnefelt was one of the speakers at a thematic day for plant genetic resources in Denmark.   In August,…

Date: 07.12.2017 Author: Sara Landqvist Category: Plants

To perform germination tests is important. It is needed for controlling that each accession is still of good quality but also to investigate that each sample actually contains the right species and variation. But it is a work both costly and time consuming.   In 2015 NordGen was granted funding…