Agrobiodiversity occupies a unique place within biodiversity. It recognises that agriculture evolved
from bioprospecting, selection and development of a few species from plant and animal kingdoms, to meet human
needs of food, fibre and fuel. All biotic factors related to agriculture, such as plants, animals, fishes, reptiles,
insects, birds and microbes are components of agrobiodiversity. The conservation, management and sustainable use of
these organisms (and their wild progenitors/relatives) require specific attention.
The Consortium Research Platform (CRP) on Agrobiodiversity of Indian Council
of Agricultural Research (ICAR) will, therefore, have envisaged seven sub-projects addressing management of genetic resources
of plants, animals, fish, microbes, insects, veterinary type culture collection and documentation of fungal biodiversity (fungal barcoding).
The respective Bureaus will coordinate these management activities involving the other stakeholders/centres in their functional areas.