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The expedition was carried out in the Trans Caucasus as this area is known to be part of the biodiversity centre of Asparagus officinalis. CGN has conducted a large number of expeditions in the past, and the current Asparagus expedition fits into this tradition. Furthermore in 2011 a spinach collecting expedition took place in the same area. Therefore this collecting expedition could benefit from the knowledge and experience obtained during this previous expedition.
In 2012 a Memorandum of Understanding adopting the standard Material Transfer Agreement (sMTA) of the Internal Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (IT-PGRFA), as a basis for distribution, was signed between CGN and the national authorities on access and benefit sharing in Armenia and Azerbaijan. This document formed the legal basis of the expedition.
Searching for asparagus, 2011
All documentation concerning this expedition is currently, for a limited period, only available to sponsors of this mission.