Safe Transfer of Forage Grass Germplasm

Contributors to this page: CIAT, Colombia (Maritza Cuervo, Cesar Medina, Jose Luis Ramirez, Socorro Balcazar, Josefina Martinez, Daniel Debouck); ILRI, Ethiopia (Jean Hanson, Janice Proud, Juvy Cantrell).

Forage grasses under the custody of the CGIAR include a very large group of species. In CIAT, forage grasses are part of what the center commonly refers to as Tropical Pastures although some of these species also grow in more temperate environments. CIAT list of tropical pastures also includes legume species. In ILRI the forages grasses are listed separately from the forage legumes, incorporating tropical and temperate species.

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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.