As the Germplasm Resource Unit manager, with background in plant breeding and in molecular plant biology Noam’s role is to support plant science and breeding programs.
In recent decades, the art of seed curation has been tremendously improved and internationally agreed prescribed protocols exist.
The genomic revolution is soon coming to its completion with the availability of complex reference genomes and with constantly improving low-priced genomic sequencing technologies. However, in the context of wide germplasm collections, we could not make effective use of the rapidly gathered genomic and transcriptomic data unless we integrate it with uniform, accurate and accessible phenomic data.
Adding a deep phenotypic layer of information to the germplasm collections, accessible and relevant to the current industrial and scientific challenges, is Noam’s key interest and goal as the Germplasm Resource Unit team leader.
In a warming world with a growing population, the public investment in long term conservation of germplasm is crucial for future food security.
In collaboration with many other UK germplasm curators, the Germplasm Resource Unit manager liaises with the relevant governmental bodies to increase the awareness for the importance of plant diversity preservation.
With respect to the public funds and the sublime cause, curators ought to collaborate effectively on the national and international levels.
Noam represents the John Innes Centre in The UK Plant Genetic Resources Group and is our contact person for the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing and a member in the European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources in working groups of wheat, barley and grain legume. Noam is an associate member of A European Genebank Integrated System.