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Collections / Databases

Germplasm Resources Unit (GRU): BBSRC-supported National Facility


The Centre is custodian of a number of key germplasm collections which serve
academic, industrial and non-industrial groups both within the UK and
internationally. They are the subject of research in their own right as well as being involved in a range of collaborative programmes and genetic resources networks. The collections housed within a purpose built facility maintained at 1.5 0C and 10%RH with some 600m3 of storage capacity. A short video of the GRU can be viewed at JIC Germplasm Resources Unit


Material from the collections is available on request to research, academic and commercial companies subject to availability. Material is also available for educational displays and demonstrations.


All materials are sent out accompanied by a material transfer agreement (MTA), the specific version being dependent on the particular material in question. The main public collections (JI Pisum collection and the BBSRC Small Grain Cereals Collections) form part of the UK’ contribution to the Multilateral System (MLS) of the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA). The MTA issued for the use of these resources is the standard MTA of the ITPGRFA.  This MTA outlines the conditions of use and responsibilities of the recipient and should be kept for records. Please not that passing on the material to further parties is done so under the same terms as they were received. Please email with any queries and for details of other agreements.




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For further information relating to the collections please contact: Mike Ambrose John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park Colney Lane, Norwich, NR4 7UH.
TEL: +01603 450630


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