Networking on conservation and use of plant genetic resources in Europe and Asia

Documentary DVD

The DVD contains the main film (50 minutes) and several short films.

Main Film: Diverseeds Documentary Film – 50:27

In agriculture, the widespread adoption of a few improved varieties has narrowed the genetic base of important food crops and led to the disappearance of hundreds of landraces. Conserving and using plant genetic diversity is vital in meeting the world’s future development needs in Europe, Asia and elsewhere. This documentary shows why biodiversity is important for agriculture and how it is conserved and used in many different locations in Europe and Asia. The film describes – with splendid pictures from Europe and Asia – the relevance of traditional landraces, crop wild relatives, genebanks (including the Global Seed Vault), and civil society movements in the global challenge to preserve and use plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.

Short Films:

•Traditional Farmers, Italy – 02:09

•The Ramat Negev Agro-research, Israel – 04:00

•The Israel Gene Bank, Israel – 03:14

•Crop Wild Relatives in the Fertile Crescent, Israel – 02:45

•Austrian NGO Arche Noah, Austria – 04:03

•British NGO Garden Organic, UK – 03:35

•Swiss NGO Pro Specie Rara, Switzerland – 04:56

•Organic Farming / Potato Day, UK – 04:06

•Development of New Tea Varieties, Vietnam – 02:28

•Participatory Plant Breeding of Rice, Vietnam – 02:19

•Intercropping, Vietnam – 02:06

•Plant Variety Protection, Thailand – 01:27

•The Thai Gene Bank, Thailand – 02:29

•Traditional Agriculture: Rice Terraces of Yunnan, China – 03:14

•The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway – 03:12