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Open Access Diversity for food security: Improving human nutrition through better evaluation, management, and use of plant genetic resources

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The use of plant genetic diversity is essential for ensuring an adequate and stable supply of diverse food crops as well as for enhancing their nutritional quality. The role of effective conservation, management, and use of plant genetic resources in ensuring the availability of a diverse range of nutritious food crops is recognized throughout the work of the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI). Several research activities in the Institute's programme highlight how the diversity between and within food crop species is inextricably linked to the diversity of human cultural needs, preferences, and knowledge systems with respect to the management and use of plant genetic resources. The nutritional quality of food crops is among the major considerations that are important in both the improvement and conservation of genetic resources. Specific examples from IPGRI's work are used to illustrate these linkages.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2000

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  • Established in 1978, the Food and Nutrition Bulletin (FNB) is a peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by the Nevin Scrimshaw International Nutrition Foundation.

    The focus of the journal is to highlight original scientific articles on nutrition research, policy analyses, and state-of-the-art summaries relating to multidisciplinary efforts to alleviate the problems of hunger and malnutrition in the developing world.

    Food and Nutrition Bulletin's 2012 Impact Factor: 2.106

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