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Germplasm Bank

Date started: 2004 

The project Brazil-nut Germplasm Bank is one of our initiatives to the preservation of the species in the Amazon.

The project is the result of the company's partnership with the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Natural Renewable Resources (IBAMA) and the National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA). The project allows for recording such items as seeds, pollen, tissue or grown individuals for the conservation of the genetic variability of samples from different populations of Brazil-nut trees existing in Brazil.

The Brazil-nut (Bertholletia excelsa Humb.& Bonpl., Lecythidaceae) is a leading extractive resource in the Amazon and is a unique case of seed that is exported in large scale and requires no farming. It is a product whose domestic and international trade has been established for over 120 years. Brazil-nut trade and industry are considered social and ecologically-friendly activities because it helps increase the income of the harvesting communities and promotes conservation of large areas of the Amazon rainforest.

The first planting project was done in 2005 on the reforestation area of the Almeidas Plateau. Since then, they are incorporated into the chestnut seedlings planted in various parts of the Amazon, forming thus a genetic bank of plants for the study of this fruit tree.

The database information is also used in genetic studies seeking genetic improvement of the species in order to provide higher yields, quality and shorter time to fruiting.

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Germplasm Bank
Banco de Germoplasma
Banco de Germoplasma
Banco de Germoplasma
Banco de Germoplasma
Banco de Germoplasma
Banco de Germoplasma
Banco de Germoplasma
Banco de Germoplasma
Banco de Germoplasma
Banco de Germoplasma
Banco de Germoplasma

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