Germplasm is the foundation of agricultural production. Regardless of future developments in biotechnology(e.g. genetransfer, tissue culture, etc.), practical use of advanced biotechniques is not possible without germplsm. With the rapid loss of germplasm materials nowadays, the gathering and preservation of germplasm take on new urgency. Although we now have good physical facilities and equipment, we shalll need help from all concerned people to provide us with information on the level of research and agricultural production through richer germplasm collections.

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