germ plasm

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also germ plasm  (jûrm′plăz′əm)
1. The genetic material of a species or other related group of organisms, collected for use in study, conservation, and breeding.
2. Germ cells as distinguished from other body cells.
3. The hereditary material of a germ cell.

germ plasm

1. (Biology)
a. the part of a germ cell that contains hereditary material; the chromosomes and genes
b. the germ cells collectively. Compare somatoplasm

germ′ plasm`

the substance of reproductive cells that contains chromosomes.
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Noun1.germ plasm - the protoplasm of the germ cells that contains chromosomes and genes
living substance, protoplasm - the substance of a living cell (including cytoplasm and nucleus)
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"And that the germ plasm is different from the parthenogenetic egg?"
IRRI said seed companies could be members of the HRDC and be able to access wide, nonexclusive or limited-exclusive access to HRDC's germ plasm, to 'accelerate the development and dissemination of new products to farmers.'
DC Amir Khatak hailed CRI Multan for developing a cotton germ plasm and termed it a good omen for the cotton economy.
'Part of the mandate of this section is germ plasm preservation/conservation, that is preservation of varieties that are going into extinction.
He also proposed the idea of establishing a 'world halophyte garden' to conserve the germ plasm of over 2,000 halophyte species found worldwide.
The SAP spokesman said that these promising results show that locally competitive genetic material (germ plasm) is sufficiently available in the country to produce high-quality hybrid corn seeds for the spring season.
Since 2007 ICBA has, however, been running its own international programme to evaluate quinoa germ plasm and single out lines suited to different geographic locations and environmental conditions.
As a result, the identification of new sources of germ plasm by assessing salt resistance to various local plant landraces is of paramount importance.
They had also screened high yielding and rust resistant wheat lines out of CIMMYT germ plasm. Rahman et al.
Calf care is not only essential for sustainance of dairy industry but also for preserving and maintaining our good quality germ plasm. Important aspects in calf rearing are health and nutrition management (Tiwari et al., 2007).
He was of the view that if any country introduces some new technology or develops some new germ plasm, it must be experimented in other countries for the mutual benefit of all the countries.
Known for formulating the germ plasm theory, which placed heredity in the germ cells--through the nuclei of the egg and sperm cells--the heretofore relatively unknown, August Weismann, is profiled in ChurchillEs intellectual biography for the first time.