MESTI strives to preserve plants species

Lydia Asamoah, GNA

Accra, Aug. 20 ,
GNA – The Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI)
has presented some high powered computers to the Plant Genetic Resources
Research Institute (PGRRI) to enable it manage its huge data of plant genetics.

The PGRRI, an
institute under the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR),
situated at Bonsu in the Eastern Region, is a place where all plant sources
including species are being conserved for future referencing.

Due to changes in
the environment, many plants species are being lost but tissue culture
facilities serve as places where miniature plants are conserved in test tubes
and are multiplied into thousands of plants for the future.

Such plants are,
therefore, being conserved at the facility to enable future generation to use
them for further research.

Ms Patricia
Appiagyei, Deputy Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation,
together with Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the Sector Minister,
presented the computers to Dr Lawrence Misa Aboagye, Director for Plants
Genetic Resources Research Institute, in response to a request made by the
Institute at a brief ceremony in Accra.

The computers
were requested by the Centre some three weeks ago when Prof Frimpong-Boateng
paid a working visit to the Centre and observed an obsolete computers being
used to manage the tissue culture information.

“The Minister was
so touched that he promised to give us some new powerful computers to be used
to manage our data”, Dr Aboagye told the GNA in an interview in Accra after
receiving the three computers.

He said the
computers would help the Centre manage it data sustainably for both the present
and future generations.

He said the
facility which was provided under a project called the National Agriculture
Science project and used for storing more of plant materials, also needed to be
expanded and that the Minister has promised to assist the Institute to complete
the expansion of the facility that is currently stalled. 

Dr Aboagye said
over time the country continues to lose more plants genetic sources due to
weather changes, and so the mandate of the Institute which is to collect plants
and keep them is very critical and needs to be supported.

He likened the
PGRRI to a bank where monies are kept, saying the Institute has so far
collected about 10,000 plants which are being kept in freezers, under cold
storage, under tissue culture or in the field so that in the future, scientists
and researchers may  use the materials
for the improvement of crops in the country.


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