International Association of Plant Breeders for the Protection of Plant Varieties

Association internationale des sélectionneurs pour la protection des obtentions végétales (ASSINSEL)
Internationaler Verband der Pflanzenzüchter für den Schutz von Pflanzenzüchtungen

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1938, Amsterdam (Netherlands). First Congress: 8-9 July 1939, Paris (France). June 2002, merged with International Federation of the Seed Trade (ISF) to form International Seed Federation (ISF).


Represent at international level and promote through national organizations the interests of plant breeders and others who share a common and active major interest in the creation of new plant germplasm; establish, protect and take steps necessary to achieve intellectual property rights for plant varieties which follow from investment in such activities; arbitrate between members in settlement of disputes relating to such rights or other interests; increase recognition of the importance and value of plant breeders' contribution to world agriculture and horticulture and cooperate with international public and private agencies working for improvement in these fields; put forward commonly determined positions with respect to issues of public concern; support members as they develop and collectively communicate industry concerns to the executive and legislative branches of their respective governments; maintain positive public relations internationally, particularly concerning environmental and conservation issues; inform members of pending legislation, rules and regulations applicable to the international plant breeding industry and monitor legal proceedings whose resolution could establish precedent or otherwise significantly affect the interests of the plant breeding industry; help create a more favourable environment in which to conduct business in an ethical manner.

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Facilitates research conferences and industry meetings. Crop sections (5): Cereal; Maize; Sugar and Fodder Beet; Vegetable and Ornamental Plants; Forage Plants and Industrial Plants. Standing Committees (3): Intellectual Property Group; Sustainable Agriculture; Communications Committee.


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 7 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 3 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 30 countries
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Subjects *

  • Biosciences
    • Cytology
  • Plant Life
    • Plants
  • Societal Problems
    • Protection
  • Research, Standards
    • Patents, Copyright
  • Agriculture, Fisheries
    • Agriculture
    • Breeding
    • Horticulture

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



Last News Received

5. Aug 2002
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