Registration of forage legume genetic resources

Contributors to this page: ILRI, Ethiopia (Jean Hanson); ICARDA, Syria (Ahmed Amri, Kenneth Street, Ali Shehadeh, Natalya Rukhkyan); GRCTPL, Australia (Richard Snowball); Bioversity International/ILRI, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Alexandra Jorge).

Verifying accompanying documentation

A minimal documentation is essential to track germplasm material. Health and IPR certificates are very important for movement between countries. The following documents should accompany each consignment of plant germplasm:

It is also very important to check against material in the collection to avoid conserving duplicates and to have complete information on genebank accessions. This data enhances the value of the germplasm.

Verifying the consignment

It is important to inspect the material on arrival to verify its condition and to avoid the introduction of new pests and diseases. Only seeds that appear to be in good condition and have a high probability of being viable should be registered.

Checking the germplasm

Checking if the accession is already in the genebank


Registering new accessions (photo: ILRI)

Recording information during registration

The following information must be recorded for each accession:

The Genebanks

The 11 CGIAR genebanks currently conserve 730,000 of cereals and grain legumes, forage crops, tree species, root and tuber crops, bananas and crop wild relatives.