Best Practices for Safe Transfer of Cowpea Germplasm

Contributors to this section: IITA, Nigeria (M. Ayodele, L. Kumar).

Seed Health Tests and Procedures

Protocols developed for the detection and identification of plant pathogens in the germplasm unit.

The general procedure for testing seeds and plant vegetative parts for the presence of pathogens is presented in this diagram below. Except in some specific cases requiring some special media or modified media for culturing

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.