The Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands (CGN) conducts, on behalf of the Dutch government, the statutory research tasks associated with the biodiversity and identity of species that are important for agriculture and forestry. CGN is an independent research unit within DLO Foundation that assists the government in its statutory tasks. The reliable and independent implementation of this work is ensured by a Statute. This package of tasks can be divided into two related groups of activities: | CGN is responsible for the execution of the genetic resources programme. This programme is aimed at the ex situ conservation and stimulation of the use of genetic propagation material in support of breeding and research, and as part of our bio-cultural heritage. This concerns crops as well as domestic animals. There is an extensive web-site about the plant part. The animal genetic resources web-site is available in Dutch as well as English. | CGN is also responsible for the production of the National List and the List of Recommended Varieties and Provenances of Trees. Inclusion in the Variety List is a condition for bringing a variety on the market. The programme also includes research into the value for cultivation and use of trees. | For the execution of these tasks, CGN co-operates with Plant Research International, Alterra, Applied Plant Research, and teh Animal Sciences Group in Lelystad.
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