Open Source for seeds and genetic sequence data: Practical experience and future strategies

Louafi Selim, Westphal Ida, Montenegro Maywa, Manzella Daniele, Otieno Gloria, Steigerwald Sophie, Kloppenburg Jack. 2018. Open Source for seeds and genetic sequence data: Practical experience and future strategies. Perspective (49) : pp. 1-4.

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Abstract : Application of the open source concept to seeds has a promising future. It reverses the logic of the intellectual property system with a renewable stock of open source material kept outside the exclusive intellectual property realm. Legal defensibility may currently be uncertain, but as open source builds a critical mass of practitioners and supporters, wider social legitimacy could strengthen the legal power. Future extension to other subject matter and settings is discussed on the basis of lessons learnt from current open source seed implementation experience in the US, Europe and Africa.

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : États-Unis, Allemagne, Kenya, Ouganda, République-Unie de Tanzanie

Classification Agris : F03 - Seed production and processing
F08 - Cropping patterns and systems

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 1 (2014-2018) - Agriculture écologiquement intensive

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Louafi Selim, CIRAD-BIOS-UMR AGAP (FRA) - auteur correspondant
  • Westphal Ida, Stiftung Mercator (DEU)
  • Montenegro Maywa, UC (USA)
  • Manzella Daniele, FAO (ITA)
  • Otieno Gloria, Bioversity International (UGA)
  • Steigerwald Sophie, OpenSourceSeeds (DEU)
  • Kloppenburg Jack, OpenSourceSeeds (DEU)

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