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Fruit Breeders, Do You Know Your CIOPORA Crop Leaders?

For some time now, CIOPORA Crop Section Fruit has been striving, attracting more members and interested parties every year. But growth also means diversification of interests of our membership. In order to be able to attend to needs of all and to better understand your concerns, CIOPORA has arranged for the election of Crop Leaders. This role serves as an intermediary between breeders of certain crops and Head Technical Experts, who, in their turn, report to the CIOPORA Board and the Office by collecting your input as to the potential problems and needs. During the AGM in Ghent, two more Crop Leaders were elected: Ms Debbie Hemingway (IFG), responsible for cherry, and Ms Catherine Snelling

Digital Sequence Information: CIOPORA Co-signs Declaration on Safeguarding Open Exchange

Reacting to the current discussion by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) as to inclusion of the “digital sequence information” (DSI) into the scope of the Nagoya Protocol (NP), CIOPORA co-signed a Stakeholder Statement initiated by International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The Statement voices industry’s concerns about barriers that this potential step would place on biological research. The document will be presented to the attention of SBSTTA meeting on July 2-7, which will provide further recommendations on the issue to the CBD Conference in November 2018. Download the Joint Stakeholder Stat

Join CIOPORA Trainee Program

Are you looking for a traineeship opportunity where you can become a part of an international (and fun) team, take responsibility for your own projects from day one and learn about Intellectual Property protection for plant innovations? CIOPORA is looking for trainee candidates with the legal, policy and agronomy backgrounds to join its administrative office in Hamburg, Germany, for several months. The prospective candidates are interested in expanding their knowledge in the area of Plant Variety Protection (PVP) and global horticulture and are ideally bi- or multilingual. If you are interested in joining our team, please apply via email to attaching your CV and a

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