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Program restructuring: Genetic resources

Effective 01 July 2009, the Management Committee endorsed the closing of the Genetic Resources Program (GRP). It also supported the reorganization of scientists and support staff’s reporting lines, in part to link them more closely with CIMMYT’s crop breeding activities. Though their job descriptions have not changed, staff of GRP projects that specifically address maize or wheat will now report to the respective global program for each crop. Those GRP projects that cut across both maize and wheat—in particular the germplasm bank, the Seed Health laboratory, and the Crop Research Informatics Laboratory will collectively report to the future deputy director general for research and partnerships. A new position of “laboratory manager” will be opened to facilitate the operation of laboratories in El Batán.