PLANT CRYOPRESERVATION WORKSHOP

paul t lynch P.T.Lynch at derby.ac.uk
Fri Dec 13 04:03:51 EST 1996


PLANT CRYOPRESERVATION

A PRACTICAL WORKSHOP

There is a growing awareness of the need to conserve plant genetic 
resources, not just to maintain biodiversity, but also to support plant 
breeding and biotechnology programmes.  Cryopreservation, the storage of 
viable biological material at ultra-low temperatures, provides a means 
for the long-term stable storage of plant germplasm.  

Potential Uses of Plant Cryopreservation Include:-

€		Preservation of germplasm from endangered plants.
€		Conservation of wild relatives and old cultivars of crop species.
€		Safe depositories of stock cultures used in biotechnology programmes 
and industrial 	processes.
€		Provision of authenticated cultures for use in long-term projects.
€		Patenting of commercially valuable in vitro cultures.
€	 Control of time related changes in in vitro cultures.
€		Reduction of the costs and contamination hazards associated with the 
maintenance of in vitro cultures at normal growth rates.
€		Seed and embryo conservation.

Objective
To provide participants with a comprehensive, theoretical and practical 
experience of plant cryopreservation and its uses and potentials for 
germplasm preservation.

Target Group
The course is designed for participants who wish to develop a practical 
knowledge of plant cryopreservation, or up date their experience.

Course Instructors
Dr Erica Benson		University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland, UK
Dr Keith Harding		Scottish Crop Research Institute, Scotland, UK
Dr Paul Lynch		University of Derby, UK
Dr David Pegg		Medical Cryobiology Unit, University of York, UK
Dr Martin Schumacher	DMSZ, Braunschweig, Germany
Dr Glyn Stacey		European Collection of Animal Cell Cultures, 
		 Porton Down, UK

Workshop Details

*  Fundamental physics of freezing		
*  Methods for the cryopreservation of plant germplasm
*  Theory of plant tissue cryoprotection		germplasm
*  In vitro germplasm conservation				
*  Strategies of plant cryopreservation			
*  Culture collection management and patenting		
*  Principles, of post-thaw recovery, assessment of post-thaw cell 
recovery and determination of cryoinjury and stability		cryoinjury
*  Post-thaw molecular stability assessment		
*  Assessment of post-thaw molecular stability
*  Cryobiology equipment

Registration Details
The fee for the course is £950 (including lunches and the course banquet 
at Kedleston Hall, a historic local house, with an additional optional 
charge of £215 for 5 nights bed and breakfast accommodation at the Aston 
Court Hotel in the centre of Derby.  If you wish to reserve places on 
the course please return the registration form.  The number of 
participants is strictly limited and priority will be given to those who 
send payment early.  Payment should be made in pound sterling by cheque 
or bankers draft, made payable to the University of Derby.   
No charges will be made for substitutions.  
The closing date for applications is 7th March 1997.  
Cancellation of registration after the closing date will be subject to a 
75% administration charge.

Registration documents, and any enquiries regarding the course should be 
directed to:-
Dr P.T. Lynch
Division of Biological Sciences
School of Environmental and Applied Sciences
University of Derby
Kedleston Road
Derby   DE22 1GB      UK

Tel:  44-1332-622222  ext. 1748     
FAX:  44-1332-622747   
E. mail  P.T.Lynch at derby.ac.uk





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