Field bank for wild rice and related genera genetic resources

Contributors to this page: T.T. Chang Genetic Resources Centre-IRRI, Los Baños, Philippines (Ruaraidh Sackville Hamilton, Ken McNally, Flora de Guzman, Renato Reaño, Soccie Almazan, Adelaida Alcantara, Elizabeth Naredo); WARDA, Cotonou, Benin (Ines Sánchez); UPLB-University of the Philippines at Los Baños (Teresita Borromeo).

When are field banks (in vivo collections) used

There are more than 20 different species of wild rice scattered across tropical Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean that need to be well conserved. These species are from a rich pool of diversity from different habitats, from sunny open lands to shady forests.

At the IRRI genebank there are more than 3000 potted wild rice specimens being conserved in a large screen house as living plants.

Establishment of field genebanks (in vivo collections)

Routine monitoring for field (in vivo) collection

Methods and frequency

Recording information for field (in vivo) collections

The following information should be recorded for each step:

References and further reading

International Rice GeneBank Operations Manual. Available here.

Rice Knowledge Bank. Homepage [online]. Available from: Date accessed: 15 July 2013.

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.