Release of the DivSeek White Paper and Website

In January 2014, experts from around the world gathered in San Diego, USA to discuss the need for a global initiative to characterize the crop diversity stored in the world's genebanks and develop a unified, coordinated and cohesive information management platform to provide easy access to genotypic and phenotypic data associated with genebank germplasm.

As a major outcome of the meeting an initiative was launched, now called ‘Diversity Seek’. The rational for the establishment of the initiative that emerged from the meeting was summarized in a white paper that is now being made public through this website.

The website was created with the following objectives in mind:

  1. interested researchers and institutions need to be able to learn what the initiative is about, what are the goals, what are incentives to join and what are current developments
  2. the general public can learn what DivSeek is about and the rationale for why we need to care about crop diversity in genebanks and why it matters that information about this diversity is made available through initiatives like DivSeek.

The DivSeek logo was created in partnership between the Crop Trust, the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, and the Global Plant Council. The logo was created with an idea of using a magnifying glass to explore diversity.