Organizational Considerations

Germplasm banking has its greatest value as part of an integrated strategy for maintaining the availability of the genetics of today for the benefit of tomorrow. Thus, there is a need to develop a planned genetic management of the total resources including the in situ resources, the ex situ resources (zoos, wildlife parks, botanic gardens), and the frozen resources.1-4-1 Because they are expected to be available and utilized over a period of many years, the frozen resources need to be updated and replaced as use dictates. For long-term success, there are a number of considerations to be taken into account: disease control, genetic management, curatorship and record keeping, ownership, and security. Too often, enthusiasm to develop such resources has not addressed these issues, and the collection has soon become unusable.

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