This item sent to me today from Kalpana Sastry, Principal Scientist at NAARM. It is an article that provides an example from India of efforts to protect a vanishing traditional rice variety using legal protection. The effort is lead by CSK HP Krishi Vishvavidyalaya, an agricultural university.
Its hoped that local farmers contribution to conservation and improvement of the genetic resources will be rewarded. The legislation that will be utilised is the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act 2001, see a write up about the Act on the farmersrights blog. There are also plans to register the variety with a GI in order to promote market development. A good example of the positive uses of Intellectual Property protection that are compatible with public goods ethos.