Our Ultimate Objectives
  • Our objectives are to:

    · expand our endeavours in plant germplasm conservation, through research into the biology and cryostorage of recalcitrant seeds, and ultimately to establish a cryobanking facility of unquestionable quality (noting that there is no such facility on this continent, and only a small number world-wide);

    · continue research to optimise techniques enabling the ex situ conservation and propagation of recalcitrant species in the South African, and wider African, context;

    · include in the programme, germplasm of economically-important species (particularly relevant to the muthi [traditional medicine] trade). Consequently, we aim to be able to supply planting resources for the rescue and re-introduction of endangered recalcitrant-seeded species;

    · cryostore products of genetic modification;

    · continue the production and research training of graduates from South Africa and other African countries and elsewhere;

    · disseminate appropriate technology

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