Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
DOIs are used as Persistent Unique Identifiers (PUID) in the context of the Global Information System (GLIS) of Article 17 of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA)a.
Since 2018, Bioversity International Musa Germplasm Transit Centre (ITC), one of the CGIAR Genebanks, associates a DOI to all its accessions. This DOI is displayed next to the other identifiers listed in the passport data of each live ITC accession. This DOI is a hyperlink to the Global Information System on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA) referred to in Article 17 of the International Treaty, with the acronym GLIS. The passport Data of ITC collection are also linked to Genesys which also refers to GLIS through DOIs.
Since February 2019, the Musa Online Ordering System (MOOS), which is the system embedded in MGIS where you can request material from ITC, generates a Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA) with the DOI printed next to the accession number in the accessions list of the Annex I.
We encourage our requesters, especially but not limited to scientists, who are publishing their research work to use DOIs in addition to accession numbers (ITC code in our case) in their future publications.
One example of the use/citation of DOIs in a publication is visible in this one: Fiona R Hay, Rocel Valdez, Jae-Sung Lee, Pompe C Sta. Cruz; Seed longevity phenotyping: recommendations on research methodology, Journal of Experimental Botany, Volume 70, Issue 2, 7 January 2019, Pages 425–434, https://doi.org/10.1093/jxb/ery358
If you want to know more about DOIs, please visit this page: http://www.fao.org/plant-treaty/areas-of-work/global-information-system/doi/en/
If you want to know more about the GLIS, please visit this page: http://www.fao.org/plant-treaty/areas-of-work/global-information-system/en/
Each collection from the country signatories of the ITPGRFA can apply to have DOIs for their accessions. To do so, contact your country representative or directly send an email to PGRFA-Treaty@fao.org.
Two videos on DOIs and how helpful they can be in the world of crop research are found below.
Managing PGRFA relationships: https://youtu.be/J0WiuhUG5pw
a excerpt from http://www.fao.org/plant-treaty/en/ web site