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: 11.04.2018 Author: Sara Landqvist Category: Forest

Today, NordGen Forest’s thematic day is arranged in Akureyri in the northern parts of Iceland. More than 150 participants working with forestry has come here to learn more about seed supply and plant breeding – important issues to address, when planning for forests which can endure the challenges of the…

Date: 03.04.2018 Author: Sara Landqvist Category: Farm Animals

The risk status of six native Norwegian cattle breeds has been assessed in a new case study. The study, using a multi-indicator method adapted for french conditions, shows that the breeds could be considered not endangered. However, the author points out that to identify differences that might affect the risk…

Date: 21.03.2018 Author: Kjersti Bakkebø Fjellstad Category: Forest

In Iceland, with practically no forests until recently and only one native forest-forming tree species, obtaining seed of the right species and provenances has long been and still is the most important issue affecting progress in forestry. The one native forest-forming tree, a species complex of birch, is not productive…

Date: 09.03.2018 Author: Åsmund Asdal Category: Global Seed Vault

  The Estonian Crop Research Institute became the 76th gene bank institute to deposit seed samples in Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The seeds were brought to Svalbard exactly on the 100th birthday of the Republic of Estonia. – A nice part of our country’s celebration activities, says Külli Annamaa, head…