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Harlan II: An International Symposium

GRCP is serving as the Secretariat for “Biodiversity in Agriculture: Domestication, Evolution, and Sustainability”, a symposium commemorating the late Jack R. Harlan and celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the Davis Campus of the University of California. Dr. Harlan was one of the great 20th century contributors to plant genetics, evolution, and domestication. Details about the event, speakers, and venue are at the symposium website:

A one-page flyer summarizing the plans for the symposium is available here.

GRCP was co-organizer and co-publisher of the proceedings of a 1997 symposium honoring Dr. Harlan, “The Harlan Symposium: Origins of Agriculture and Crop Domestication”, 10–14 May 1997, Aleppo, Syria.

Genetics and genetic resources


GRCP Conservation Geneticist Deborah Rogers was a co-organizer and participant in “Workshop on Genetic Conservation of US Forest Trees Threatened by Invasive Insects and Pathogens”, held 10–11 October 2007 at the USFS Dorena Genetic Resource Center, Cottage Grove OR.

GRCP Conservation Geneticist Deborah Rogers participated in the 8 September 2007 “Conservation Conference” of the California Native Plant Society, in Santa Cruz CA, with a presentation entitled “Planting natives: Implications for genetic erosion”.

GRCP Conservation Geneticist Deborah Rogers participated in the 18–21 March 2007 International Workshop on Conifer Genomics, held at the Banbury Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, with a presentation entitled “Ecological Genomics and Conservation Biology”.


Why do we care about genetics?” A downloadable series of 12 factsheets addressing principles, tools, and uses of genetic information for conservation was released in August 2006.

Resources for a shortcourse on restoration genetics offered at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology, 24–28 June 2006.

Workshop report available online (September 2005):
“Genetic monitoring in California State Parks: Potential for including genetic sampling as part of the IMAP and for consequently improving genetic management of native species”, 16 February 2005.


Safeguarding the Future of U.S. Agriculture:
The Need to Conserve Threatened Collections of Crop Diversity Worldwide
”, released February 2005, documents the importance of crop genetic resources for US agricultural productivity.


The book “Accessing Biodiversity and Sharing the Benefits: Lessons from Implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity” is available online from IUCN or GRCP. The publication, jointly sponsored by GRCP and the World Conservation Union (IUCN), was launched at the Third IUCN World Conservation Congress, 17–25 November 2004, Bangkok, Thailand. Information on the project that produced the book is available here.

Genetically appropriate choices for plant materials to maintain biological diversity”, December 31, 2004, was authored by GRCP Conservation Geneticist D.L. Rogers and A.M. Montalvo (UC Riverside). Addressing the need and an opportunity for dialog between land managers who choose native plant materials for wildland use and geneticists who can provide counsel on relevant (but often complicated) details, this guide synthesizes important genetic principles and provides many examples to inform land managers and help them understand the context for advice from geneticists. It focuses on details relevant to the USDA Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Region, but contains a wealth of information that is relevant elsewhere, as well. The 343-page document provides an extensive literature review, introduction to genetic concepts, recommendations, and examples.


International Workshop on facilitating the goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity with respect to genetic resources access and benefit sharing. (29–31 October 2003)

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