The Head of the Plant Genetic Resources Center** (PGRC) of Uganda, John Wasswa Mulumba, has sent us a message about plans to collect rice germplasm in Uganda, confirming that the collected material will be included in the multilateral system of access and benefit sharing under the Treaty. The PGRC, in partnership with farmers, local communities and research institutions will collect and conserve cultivated and wild rice germplasm under a Gatsby-funded project entitled ‘Collecting wild and cultivated rice from East Africa’.
The PGRC, through the Uganda National Gene Bank, will safety duplicate samples of each accession with AfricaRice and IRRI. Those materials will be made available under the multilateral system.
IRRI reports that rice collecting missions are also being coordinated with national partners in Tanzania and Kenya.
**The PGRC is an entity comprised of the historical Entebbe Botanic Gardens (EBG) and the Uganda National Genebank (UNGB). It is part of the National Agricultural Organisation (NARO) of Uganda.