This article was created as an effect of a four month long survey of training management practices commissioned by the Office of the Civil Service. The project was partially financed by funds from the European Social Fund and was managed by a consortium of three consulting organizations: IDEA! Management Consulting Sp. z o.o. (Ltd.), DGA Doradztwo Gospodarcze S.A., and Key Polska Sp. z .o.o. (Ltd.). The survey consisted of three phases, focused on the strategic, process, and operational aspects of training management. A variety of tools, such as face-to-face interviews, on-line surveys, and focus groups, had been deployed to assure the multi-stakeholder perspective and a balance between qualitative and quantitative information.
The array of genes isolated and characterised from Craterostigma to date allow many insights to be made into the protection mechanisms underlying the desiccation tolerance phenomenon and drought-induced changes in gene expression. However, more work is necessary to define which gene products positively contribute to stress tolerance and which may be considered as secondary stress metabolites or as gene regulators. It is apparent that the gene regulatory mechanisms involved are complex, but future work with more refined biochemical and genetic approaches, together with the analysis of defined mutants will greatly help to dissect the important area of desiccation perception, perhaps faciliate manipulation of desiccation tolerance in a genetic engineering context, and undoubtedly bring much progress in the coming years.