Global Genetic Resources, Beltsville Symposium XXI

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Global Genetic Resources:

Access, Ownership and Intellectual Property Rights

May 19-22, 1996
Beltsville, Maryland

Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Association of Systematics Collections

Beltsville Symposium XXI

The purpose of this symposium is to explore issues related to 
ownership of and access to genetic resources and biological specimens 
as they affect the ability of scientists to do their job of providing 
knowledge to benefit the people of the world.  While scientists desire 
free, international distribution of germplasm and scientific 
information on biodiversity, current forces and trends are leading 
away from this position.  A mutually beneficial compromise is needed 
and this meeting will explore these possibilities. 

Sunday Evening, May 19
Registration, 5:00-8:00 PM, and Mixer and Poster Session,
7:00-9:00 PM, at the Holiday Inn.

I.  Monday, May 20
Registration: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Session I.  Use of Genetic Resources:  The Problem

Welcome - Floyd Horn, Administrator, Agricultural Research Service, 
Washington, DC. 

Keynote Address:  Biodiversity and the equitable use of the world's 
genetic resources.  Peter Day, Center for Agricultural Molecular 
Biology, Cook College-Rutgers, New Brunswick, New Jersey 

Sustainable use of little-known biological resources: policy choices 
for governments.  Speaker TBA. 

North vs South Issues: Politics of Germplasm Collecting and 
Collections.  Daniel Witmeyer, Alexandria, Virginia. 

Summary of Legal Issues. Laws., International Treaties including the 
Biodiversity Treaty.  Bill Lesser, Cornell University, Ithaca, New 

The Biodiversity Convention and the Flow of Scientific Information.   
John Barton, Stanford University, Stanford, California. 
Monday, May 20

Session II.  Value of Specimen-Based Research to the Global Community

Opening talk:  "How can scientists maximize the worth of biological 
resources to society?"  Quentin Wheeler, Cornell University, Ithaca, 
New York. 

Case studies:
Introduced Parasites and Emerging Diseases.  Eric Hoberg, 
  Biosystematic Parasitology Unit,  ARS, Beltsville, Maryland
Developing Fungi as Biocontrol Agents.  Amy Rossman, U.S. National 
  Fungus Collections, ARS, Beltsville, Maryland
Germplasm and agricultural products.  Henry Shands, Germplasm 
  Resources Leader, ARS,   Beltsville, Maryland
Insects.  Natalia Vandenburg, Systematic Entomology Laboratory, ARS, 
  Beltsville, Maryland
Microbial products.  Jennie Hunter-Cevera, Lawrence Livermore 
  Laboratory, Oakland, CA.
Vascular plants.  Vicki Funk, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
Horticulture: its economic undervaluing in society.  Thomas Elias, 
  National Arboretum, Washington, DC.

Monday Evening, Media Panel Discussion with Paul Raeburn, Science 
Editor, Associated Press, New York, NY. 

Tuesday Morning, May 21.  Continuation of case studies.

Plant collecting.  Maxine Thompson, Oregon State University, 
  Corvallis, Oregon.
Tissue collection and exchange.  Fred Sheldon, Louisiana State 
  University, Baton Rouge.

Session III.  Models For Equitable Use Of Genetic Resources

Harvesting wild edible, mycorrhizal fungi in Oaxaca, Mexico. Ignacio 
  Chapela, University of   California, Berkeley
Marine Biodiversity Prospecting. Shirley Pomponi, Harbor Branch 
  Oceanographic Institute, FL.
The African viewpoint.  Maurice Iwu, Silver Spring, MD.
The Canadian viewpoint.  Jacques Surprenaut, CLBRR, Ottawa, Ontario.
The United States position.  John Matuzak, U.S. State Department, 
  Washington, D.C. (tentative) 

Summary and opening comment from Discussion Leader; discussion.

Tuesday Afternoon, May 21.

Session IV.  Potential Solutions For Equitable Use Of Genetic Resources

Opening talk: The International Germplasm Collections under the Rule 
of the Biodiversity Convention. Wolfgang Siebeck, CGIAR, Washington, 
DC, Geoff. Hawtin and Jan Engles, IPGRI, Rome. 

Biodiversity Prospecting and Models for Collections Resources: 
NSF/USAID/NIH model. Barbara Timmermann, University of Arizona, 

Material Transfer Agreements.  Marie Freire, Office of Technology 
Transfer, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. 

Equitable use of biodiversity in Mexico through the sustainable 
development of plants and plants products.  Oscar Dorado Rameriz, 
Universidad Autonomo de Morelos, Cuernavaca, Mexico. 

Discussant opens discussion period with 10 minute summary and lead 

EVENING BANQUET at Patuxent Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center, Laurel, 

Wednesday Morning, May 22.  Continuation of potential solutions.

Model Biodiversity Legislation as a Tool for Promoting Conservation 
and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity. Walt Reid, World Resources 
Institute, Washington, DC. 

Scientists as Agents: How Collections can be Honest Brokers without 
Excess Liability.  Ray Cypess, American Type Culture Collection, 
Rockville, Maryland. 

Policy implications and summary of the meeting.  Discussion of 
solutions to problems defined early in the meeting: E. Hoagland, 

May 22, Afternoon

ASC policy work session for those interested in remaining.  Develop 
white paper for ASC to    present to Congress and federal agencies.  
Chair Quentin Wheeler, ASC President. 


Pre-Symposium ASC Workshop on Government Relations for Institutions 

Saturday Afternoon., May 18 and Sunday Morning, May 19 Including 

This workshop is intended for institutional leaders who are interested 
in learning how they and their institutions can be more effective 
voices for the institution, their community, and issues of concern.  
Government relations experts from Congress and the not-for-profit 
community will speak in a series of roundtable discussions.  There 
will also be a mock Congressional Hearing with museum directors acting 
as witnesses, and a mock press conference with real science reporters 
asking questions and giving tips about effective presentations. 

There will be a description of the current sociopolitical climate 
(which is similar in the U.S. and Canada), and of upcoming issues, and 
where we can be effective.  Much of the time will be devoted to 
learning how to use the unique local resources of biological 
collections to engage the interest of policymakers at the national and 
local levels.  The workshop will provide practical tips, and will help 
institutions set priorities regarding the issues and approaches that 
they may wish to take, to maximize their effectiveness.  ASC's own 
government relations program and that of the American Association of 
Museums provide a context for institutions to develop their outreach 
to policymakers.  Speakers will include ASC's Executive Director 
Elaine Hoagland and Jason Hall, head of the government affairs 
department at AAM. 

Registration for the pre-symposium workshop is $65; see registration 

Sunday, May 19 PM  ASC business meeting (open to all)


_______  $195 before April 1, 1996 (includes Symposium meetings, 
published Proceedings, Banquet, lunches and evening socials)
________  $225 after April 1, 1996 (same as above)

________  $100 student registration (same as above)

________  $100 spouse registration (same as above)

________  $100 one-day registration
                 Mon. _____  Tues. _____   Wed. _____

________  $ 65 ASC Pre-Symposium Workshop on Government Relations

________  Total

PAYMENT:  Make checks payable to FAR-B, Inc. and drawn on a U.S. bank 
or money order in U.S. currency. 


Beltsville Symposium XXI/ASC Annual Meeting
Attn. Virginia Hupfer
Bldg. 003, Rm. 220
10300 Baltimore Avenue
Beltsville, MD 20705-2350
(301) 504-6108
FAX: (301) 504-6357

ASC/Beltsville Symposium Registration Information

Dr. _____  Ms. _____  Mr. _____  Other _____

Name:  ____________________________________________________________







Poster Presentation:

If you wish to present a poster at the Symposium, please provide the 
information below by March 1, 1996.  Additional information will be 
sent to authors after receipt of registration.  Posters will be 
displayed in the Holiday Inn, College Park during evening social hours 
and noon breaks. 



General Information:

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn, 10000 Baltimore 
Blvd., College Park, Maryland 20740, 1-800-872-5564.  Make hotel 
reservations by April 15, 1996 for the special rate of $69 per night 
including breakfast. 

Amy Y. Rossman, Director
U.S. National Fungus Collections
10300 Baltimore Ave.
Beltsville, MD 20705
FAX 301-504-5810
email: amy at

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