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Code of Ethics

The most recent version (2000) of the "International Oat Workers' Code of Ethics for Germplasm Exchange", as adopted by the International Oat Conference, is here. This is currently being revised to meet the provisions of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA). For parties signatory to the treaty, a Standard Materials Transfer Agreement (SMTA) has been developed. The treaty document itself can be found here and information from the "Eighth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture" can be found here and here.

The provisions of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) must also be considered, as well as the Access and Benefit Sharing requirements that have been established for EU countries. There is a video explaining ABS called "ABS - Simply Explained". Information concerning large-scale screening of germplasm collections and the EU ABS Regulation can be found here.


The American Oat Workers group has a Germplasm Committee. A list of current (2018) members is here.




Genebanks/Herbaria/Resources for PGR


Variety registration


Variety trials/Agronomy/Recommended lists


(Other information can be found on the "Additional Links" page, in the "Oat Newsletter Archives", in the more recent Research Report sections, and in the "Historical Documents" section.)