Intellectual property protection for genetic resources

Intellectual property potentially impacts upon access to genetic resources when applied to ex situ and in situ genetic resources - whether in seed banks, germplasm collections, botanical gardens, or herbaria. Such resources underpin much of the research undertaken by agricultural researchers, particularly the development of new varieties. This research project will assess the potential that intellectual property has to restrict access to genetic resources and look at ways of minimising this impact.

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Image by Neil Palmer (CIAT). Plant samples in the gene bank, part of CIAT's Genetic Resources program, at the institution's headquarters in Colombia.