Rice, NF & Henry, RJ 2005, 'BioBanking', paper presented to the Plant and Animal Genomes Conference XIII, San Diego, California, USA, 15-19 January.
The World has an enormous amount of biodiversity that is largely unexplored, misunderstood and not adequately documented. Advances in biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, food and science depend upon capturing and using the variety of individual organism properties. BioBanking is an innovative approach to both the conservation and sustainable utilization of these diverse global genetic resources. It offers unique solutions to research, assessment and documentation of the biodiversity in the World’s flora and fauna. The banking of genetic resources and DNA represents an effort to understand, sustainable use and conservation for the benefit of current and future generations. BioBanking is a tool for accelerating knowledge, scientific discovery, understanding, conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.