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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.

Lead Centers Sub-projects
ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources(NBPGR), New Delhi
Sub-project 1: Management and Use of Plant genetic Resources (PGR)
ICAR-National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources, Karnal
Sub-project 2: In vivo Conservation of Animal Genetic Resources
ICAR-National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources, Lucknow

Sub-project 3: National Network of Germplasm Centres for Conservation Aquaculture
ICAR-National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Microorganisms, Mau
Sub-project 4: Development of Agro-ecological Zone Specific Microbial Blue Prints for Implications in Sustainable Agriculture
ICAR-National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources, Bangalore
Sub-project 5: Management of Agriculturally Important Insects (arthropods/ invertebrates)
ICAR-National Research Centre on Equines, Hisar
Sub-project 6: Management of Veterinary Type Culture Collection (VTCC)
ICAR-IARI (Division of Plant Pathology), New Delhi
Sub-project 7: Documentation of Fungal Biodiversity through DNA Barcoding and Digitization
ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair
Sub-project 8: Characterization and Conservation of Agricultural Biodiversity of A&N Islands

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