Safe Transfer of Forage Legume Germplasm

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

Forage legumes under the custody of the CGIAR include a very large group of species. In CIAT, forage legumes 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 pasture also includes non legume species. In ILRI the forages legumes are listed separately from the forage grasses, incorporating tropical and temperate species. ICARDA mostly deals with temperate and mediterranean forage legumes.

This page includes sections on:

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.