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Conservation of Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Modern food production systems favour specialisation in a small number of animal breeds and plant species, to the exclusion of many others. The erosion of plant and animal diversity that results, may pose future risks to food security that are as yet unknown. Therefore there is a strong need to conserve as wide a range of genetic diversity, in our plant and animal species, as possible. 


More about the conservation of genetic resources

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine both participates in and coordinates measures to conserve genetic resources for food and agriculture in Ireland (this includes conservation, promotion and research into, indigenous varieties of plants and native livestock breeds).

You - as a breeder, farmer or business - can assist us in this task. Explore the information below to find out more about genetic resources for food and agriculture.


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