Gene Conserve

An electronic journal devoted to plant genetic resources:
Their formation, conservation and utilization
ISSN 1808-1878

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Indexed in CAB, CAB International, Latindex,
Agris, SPARC Europe, EBSCO and DOAJ


 :: LETTER TO THE EDITOR - 2003       CLICK ON THE YEAR TO SEE THE LETTERS:  2002 - 2003 - 2004
November, 11, 2003.

Greetings Dr. Nassar,

Thank you for an interesting read.

I did not think much of gene conservation until I read your articles. With all our advances in science these days, gene conservation is most vital to the future.

I work in industrial forestry and now with your articles in my mind I can't help but think if we are limiting our gene pool in forestry. Thank you once again for widening my intellectual horizon.


Joe Wong

Joe Wang
Telwa, B.C VOJ 2XO, T(1)250846.5750, CANADA.


November, 10, 2003.

Dear Dr. Nassar

Have visited your electronic journal and website. Clearly you and your colleagues are providing a very valuable service. Keep up the good work and all best wishes for your continued success.

Bob Havener

Dr. Robert D. Havener
President Emeritus
Winrock International


August, 04, 2003.

Dear Professor Nassar

Obrigado para sua mensagem. Eu estava muito interessado ler seu artigo em Manihotoides.

Our current focus at Fauna & Flora International is mainly on tree species, but I will forward your message to a colleague at UNEP-WCMC who works on non-timber-forest-products in Mexico for her interest. It would certainly be good to raise the profile of these important genetic resources that are so threatened.

Kind regards,

Paul Mathew
Global Trees Campaign Projects Manager
Global Tree Specialist Group Secretary


July, 30, 2003.

Dear Prof. Nassar,

I was delighted to browse through your electronic journal focussing on plant conservation. Indeed it is an excellent compendium of useful articles addressing various conservation issues. It is one of the most comendable e-journals I have seen. I compliment you for undertaking such a worderful task; it would be most useful for those of us who are into conservation research.

Congratulations again!

With best wishes


M. Ahmedullah
Vice Chair, Indian Subcontinent Plant Specalist Group, Species Survival Commission - IUCN


July, 30, 2003.


I did visit the site and was pleased at the information available. It is a site I will list as a reference in the list for cassava for my course in Tropical Horticulture.

Take care,

David H. Byrne
Prunus and Rosa Breeding and Genetics
Department of Horticultural Sciences
Texas A&M University


July, 26, 2003.

Dear Nagib,

I just spent sometime at the Gene Conserve website. Congrats! you've got a solid journal going. You deserve the congratulations especially as you only recently started. I read your own articles (that picture of the conserved wild cassava varieties are very revealing. I thought we have some wild types here in Ghana but certainly what you have in Brazil are trees for timber logs!). Braun and Amman paper was also very educative. I think I'll rather not single out papers. Just state that I like your electronic journal and hope that I can publish in it soon.

By the way I suppose its your face and moustache which flashes at the website? Cheers , Hope to send an article soon.

George Essegbey


July, 11, 2003.

Dear Professor Nassar,

Today I had the opportunity to see your website and found it very interesting. I was looking for examples of wild relatives that saved crop species from diseases and your examples about coffee, cassava, sugarcane, banana, etc, was very informative.

Kind regards,

Mike Blanco
Germplasm Enhancement of Maize Coordinator
USDA-ARSNorth Central Regional Plant Introduction Station
Ames, Iowa


July, 09, 2003.

Dr. Nassar,

Thank you for the website on conservation of plant genetic resources. I will certainly bookmark this site. In our view it is important to point out to policymakers and the public that conservation of plant biodiversity can be enhanced by agricultural biotechnology.


Frances B. Smith
Executive Director
Consumer Alert


July, 08, 2003.

Dear Dr. Nagib Nassar,

Thank you for your comments we are very happy about it. We
contacted your web-site and found it very interesting and useful.

institute and EUCARPIA are organizing it. You may find the detailed
information on our web-site under and we are
looking forward to attract as many members of the scientific
community in the field of plant breeding as possible to join this
congress. The general topic of this event form September 8th -
DIVERSITY " you may find some presentation of your interest....

Again all the best to you


Prof. Dr. P. Ruckenbauer
Head IFA-Tulln, President of EUCARPIA (European Association for
Research on Plant Breeding )


June, 01, 2003.

Dear Prof. Nassar,

Congratulations to your interesting and stimulating cassava webpage.

Best regards.

Lukas Bertschinger


May, 23, 2003.

Dear Professor Nagib Nassar,

I would like to thank you for sending me this very useful web link where I have already found many interesting papers on crop genetic resources.
I will be delighted to check this electronic journal (I included the web address on my bookmark) on a regular basis.

Best regards,


Cécile Grenier
Purdue University


May, 19, 2003.

Dear Prof. Nassar,

The journal looks excellent, congratulation.
If you agree, I will keep your link in the ISFAE online site.

Best continuation.

Dr. Ramdane Dris
Managing Editor
World Food Rd. Ltd.
Society for Food, Agriculture and Environment - ISFAE
Executive Secretariat


April, 02, 2003.

Dear Nagib

Many thanks for the info about your excellent site on cassava. I found it useful, not only for news and research information, but also for teaching - I do a course on agriculture & biotechnology. I hope that other people will be inspired to use it as a model for websites on other crops - especially tropical crops where information can be difficult to find.

Best wishes for your future work.


Professor Denis J Murphy
Biotechnology Unit
School of Applied Sciences
University of Glamorgan
CF37 1DL
United Kingdom


February, 08, 2003.

Hello Nagib - very nice presentation! Congratulations - I am sure you have set a new standard in genetic resource publications. Unfortunately, I work in the temperate crops not cassava. My interest is in especially cereals and particularly landraces (especially wheat) and of the synthetic hexaploid wheats developed at CIMMYT. Some of my current work is looking at phytate levels in wheat, as a means of increasing micronutrient availability in human (monogastric) diets.

Good luck with the journal - I know it will have a very positive impact.


Dr. Richard CROSS
Curator, Programme Leader, Contract Manager
Arable Crop Genetic Resources
Crop & Food Research
New Zealand


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