The National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR), an institute under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology (APCoAB), a programme of Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI), co-organize an international training course on In Vitro and Cryopreservation for Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources: Current Methods and Techniques on 17-28 February, 2014 at NBPGR (ICAR), New Delhi, India.

The course is designed for those currently involved in the development and use of in vitro and/or cryopreservation techniques for the medium- to long-term conservation of vegetatively propagated and non-orthodox seed species.


To improve skills of participants in using tissue culture techniques for conservation and management of PGR

To equip participants with essential knowledge necessary for developing and using cryopreservation techniques

To enhance the use of in vitro conservation and cryopreservation protocols for germplasm of crops relevant in their countries

To acquaint the participants with molecular techniques for PGR management

To understand the underlying principles of stress tolerance during processing for conservation


Applicants must have prior experience in and/or be actively working on in vitro conservation and cryopreservation of PGR, stress responses in vitro and ex vitro and using molecular marker techniques in their own work.

Training course fees:

This is a fee-based course and participants are encouraged to seek assistance from their own organizations or other funding agencies. However, both Bioversity International and NBPGR will make efforts to identify sources of funding for a few full or partial scholarships. The course fees are US$700 for non-Indian participants and Rs 7,000/- for Indian participants and include the following:

Lecture and course materials

Local transportation

Tea / Coffee

Administration charges


Dr. J. L. Karihaloo


Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology

NASC Complex, DPS Marg

New Delhi-110012, India

Tel:+91-11-32472305 Fax:+91-11-25841294


Course information and curriculum (2123 downloads)