The plant genetic resources activities were started by the establishment of the Crop Research and Introduction Center (CRIC) in 1964 (a more recent name of the institute is the Aegean Agricultural Research Institute, AARI). The plant genetic resources activities reorganized in 1976 within the framework of the National Plant Genetic Resources Research Program (NPGRRP). The objective of NPGRRP is the exploration, collection, conservation (both ex situ and in situ) and evaluation of existing plant genetic resources and plant diversity of Turkey for today and the future. AARI has been designated as a coordination center for the national pro-
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