Towards a standardized plantain characterization and documentation methodology for WCA national Musa collections

A Regional Workshop on Plantain Characterization in West and Central Africa will take place in CARBAP-Njombé, Cameroon, from 11 to 16 May 2015. The workshop is jointly organized by CARBAP and Bioversity International, with the financial support from the European Union.

The objectives are to:
•    Review and better understand the status and characterization methodology of each of the WCA field collections.
•    Have a common understanding and agree on the minimum descriptors used to characterize plantains.
•    Share knowledge and experience to promote best practices for the field management of Musa germplasm collections.
•    Test and validate the mobile device application for gathering data in the field – including data entry and data management.
•    Discuss and propose solutions for optimum Musa germplasm data management (MGIS).
•    Discuss the next steps towards a standardized plantain characterization and documentation methodology.

The participants are the curators in charge of the conservation of the Musa genetic resources from 10 countries of the region namely Benin, Cameroon, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo and Togo. IITA will be also represented.

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