Germplasm Resources Unit

The John Innes Centre Germplasm Resources Unit is a national capability curating thousands of current and historic seeds (termed ‘germplasm’) from agricultural crops and other plants in an environmentally-controlled environment.

The Germplasm Resources Unit helps to support key BBSRC strategic objectives relating to food security through sustainable crop production.

It is actively engaged in promoting access to extensive adaptive variation, thereby facilitating the study of evolution, domestication and biotic and abiotic stresses in some of our major food crops and their wild relatives.

The conservation, maintenance and provision of verified, well characterised germplasm resources are essential in underpinning the UK and international bioscience community and related industries.

The Germplasm Resources Unit’s resources are central in providing the necessary genetic variation for plant scientists and are a vital resource for breeders for screening for novel traits and adaptive variation for use in crop improvement. 

The Germplasm Resources Unit represents the most comprehensive collection of UK small grain cereal germplasm, in addition to the John Innes Centre pea collection. We also house a growing number of specialist genetic stocks collections of key strategic relevance to the UK biosciences community. 

The main public germplasm collections curated by the Germplasm Resources Unit have been formally registered as part of the Multilateral System of the International Treaty of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture operated under the auspices of the FAO.

For more information, visit the Germplasm Resources Unit website.

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