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Storage of cultivated rice 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).

Contents:
Base collection
Active collection
Storage management

Base collection

When it should be used

Sample specifications

Minimum sample size for storage

Minimum viability for storage

Moisture content

Container specifications

Aluminium (corrosion free) can (photo: IRRI)

Seed packaging method

Specifications of packaging material

Storage specifications

Assigning location codes

Storage conditions

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Active collection

Moisture-proof laminated aluminium foil packaging for active storage (photo: IRRI)

When it should be used

Sample specifications

Minimum sample size for storage

Target quantity for initial storage

Viability for storage

Moisture content

Container specifications

Seed packaging method

Specifications of packaging material

Storage specifications

Assigning location codes

Storage conditions

For information on safety duplication, click here.

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Storage management

Storage space arrangement

These practices are based on manual operations, not on robot-mediated deposits and withdrawals.

Room

Shelf stacks

Trays

System for tracking material/inventory system

Bar-coded labels (photo: IRRI)

Preferred option: barcoded inventory

Alternative option: inventory management without barcodes

Recording information during storage

The following information should be recorded for each step:

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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.

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