Distribution of bread wheat, durum wheat, triticale and related cereals genetic resources

Contributors to this page: CIMMYT – Wheat, Mexico (Thomas Payne), ICARDA, Syria (Ahmed Amri) with inputs also received from CIMMYT – Maize, Mexico (Suketoshi Taba), USDA – National Small Grains Collection, Aberdeen, Idaho, USA (Harold Bockelmann), CGN, Wageningen, The Netherlands (website) and IPK, Gatersleben, Germany (Helmut Knűpffer).

Policies and regulations

Policies and regulations for distribution

Common policies on distribution and access to plant material

National laws and regulations

It is essential to follow regulations imposed by local host country laws and agreements, including for each shipment provision of a:

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Customer satisfaction and user related issues

Tracking of shipment

Customer assurance

ICARDA recommends the following procedures:

Feedback from users

Recommended quantity of seed to be distributed

Small quantities of seed should be distributed to reduce the necessity to regenerate accessions too frequently.

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Routine procedures for distribution

Checking availability

Preparing the samples for distribution

Preparing samples for distribution (photo: CIMMYT)

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Recording information

Recorded information per shipment

A computer system to track material dispatched, and to maintain accurate inventories is an advantage for more efficient genebank management.

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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.