Q. Consider the following statements regarding National Gene Bank (NGB):
1. It aims to preserve the seeds of Plant Genetic Resources for future generations in the form of seeds, genomic resources, pollen etc.
2. It preserves both Indian and foreign germplasm.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: C
Notes:

Both statements are correct 

About National Gene Bank: 

National Gene Bank was established in 1996. It aims to preserve the seeds of Plant Genetic Resources (PGR) for future generations in the form of seeds, genomic resources, pollen etc. 

Hosted By: National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR), New Delhi. 

Capacity: Presently, the Gene Bank is protecting 4.52 lakh accessions, of which 2.7 lakh are Indian germplasm and the rest have been imported from other countries. 

Germplasm is a live information source for all the genes present in the respective plant. It can be conserved for long periods and regenerated whenever it is required in the future. 

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