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Sergey Alexanian passed away

Dr. Sergey Alexanian, Vice Director for Foreign Relations of the N.I.Vavilov Research Institute of Plant Industry (VIR) passed away on June 14 in a hospital in St.Petersburg after a short period of illness.

Nordic Genetic Resource Center lost a friend and a good college. Sergey Alexanian was an important person for the Nordic collaboration with VIR. He was our first contact, a friendly coordinator - and all the time positive. Sergey Alexanian did so much for conservation and use of plant genetic resources. This was done in a time of change. The Nordic research and breeding communities has a lot to thank Sergey Alexanian and VIR for, as well as the farmers and gardeners' communities that have got access to varieties otherwise lost.

We hope the visions he had will come through.

Our thoughts are with his family and the ones of you that worked close to him.