ILRI’s genebank collection of nearly 20,000 forage accessions is the most diverse in terms of species.
The 20 most numerous species account for just 29% of almost 20,000 accessions. The collection holds more than 1000 species, the vast majority of which (97%) are wild species rather than cultivars or landraces.
The genebank has recently undergone major renovation to replace the aged, prefabricated structure with a fully modern genebank.
Characterization of forages at ILRI looks in detail at phenotypic variation, particularly in nutritional traits, and resistance to pests and diseases. The goal is to identify accessions that offer better performance for use as part of sustainable farming systems and as best bets for further evaluation and possible improvement.
To promote the use of forages throughout sub-Saharan Africa, ILRI’s genebank operates a Herbage Seed Unit that offers training to national scientists and technicians and provides selected starter quantities of seed for multiplication and distribution.
A recap of genebank’s work at field stations in Debre Zeyit and Zwai and at the genebank at ILRI headquarters in Addis Ababa.
A tour of the genebank at ILRI’s headquarters in Addis Ababa
ILRI’s field genebank at Zwai
ILRI’s regeneration plots at Debre Zeyit
Genebank Manager: Alieu Mortuwah Sartie
Head of Germplasm Health Unit: N/A
Key staff: Chris Jones, Program Leader, Feed & Forages Biosciences
Searchable local database
Tropical Forages Database
Search Genesys for accessions at ILRI
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