American Oat Workers Code of Ethics for Germplasm Exchange
In past decades, oat workers worldwide have generously shared their oat germplasm with colleagues to enhance oat breeding and research. However, plant variety protection and patent mechanisms focus attention on proprietary rights afforded developers/owners of germplasm materials. The purpose of this code is to encourage the continued exchange of oat germplasm by recognizing these rights and by codifying the obligations of persons receiving unreleased oat germplasm.  This following code was approved by the members of the American Oat Workers Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 22, 1994.


 For further information please contact Dr. Deon Stuthman, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108 (Tel. 612-625-3709).


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