Matti Leino was one of the lecturers at the anniversary.
The discussion concerning the need of safeguarding genetic resources in a genebank started already in the 1960’s, at a café table in Rome, according to Stig Blixt. But it was in 1979 that the Nordic Genebank was first established as an institution under the Nordic Council of Ministers. During the first years of its existence, the genebank focused on collecting genetic material. The scientist at that time travelled around the world to collect seeds from wild plants which could prove important for the Nordic agriculture.
The afternoon continued with many more interesting lectures, addressing everything from the international perspectives to how NordGen’s grass seeds are used by private breeding companies and finished off with a reception featuring mingle, film screening and a light dinner.
Last, but not least, the book “40 years of Nordic cooperation on Plant Genetic Resources” was released. A digital copy of the book can also be downloaded here.