Objectives

The main objective of PGRIP is to provide a platform for interdisciplinary collaborations analyzing and addressing the policies and regulatory developments for plant genetic resources used for research and breeding. PGRIP supports and facilitates international, peer-reviewed publications to ensure that evidence-based and scientific perspectives are available for policy makers and other stakeholders. Resources are also allocated to stimulate research mobility and exchange, and to workshops.

Plant research and breeding are important components to tackle the challenges of providing adequate nutrition for an increasing global population as well as renewable industrial raw materials, while developing a more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable agriculture. Over the past few decades, the regulatory frameworks surrounding plant breeding have become increasingly detailed and complex. This includes international treaties and conventions on the access and benefit-sharing (ABS) of plant genetic resources, national/regional biosafety legislation related to the technologies for managing and improving the genetic material, and intellectual property (IP) systems including plant breeders´ rights (PBR) and patents.

Acknowledging the multidisciplinary nature of policy making, PGRIP addresses technical, regulatory, economic, ethical, social and other aspects of plant genetic resource management in research and breeding. Combining the knowledge and experiences of a network of internationally recognized experts, PGRIP is a multidisciplinary platform with a solid base in science, serving as a competence resource for the governance of plant genetic resources.