Topic outline

This course gives an overview of what it takes to establish and manage a genebank, providing an outline of genebank operations with particular respect to pre-breeding. The need for linking genebank operations with pre-breeding is emphasized and problems are addressed. The module also explains the methods used to prepare and accomplish collecting missions and describes the main issues related to the proper organization of a genebank. An overview of the processes of day-to-day management is provided.


The course is, primarily, for germplasm curators and plant breeders and their support and collaborating personnel, university lecturers and students engaged in germplasm management and/or crop improvement. It is also recommended for extension agents, seeds specialists, field technicians and relevant research administrators and managers.

  • The purpose of genebanks and thir role in strengthening food security and sustainable agricultural production
  • The methods used to prepare and accomplish collecting missions
  • Linkages between genebank operations with pre-breeding
  • The main issues related to the proper organization of a genebank and the related process of day-to-day management

The course consists of 3 lessons, ranging from approximately 45 to 65 minutes duration each:

  • Lesson 1 – Introduction to Genebanks
  • Lesson 2 – Collecting Missions and Management of Genebanks
  • Lesson 3 – Characterization and Evaluation

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The downloadable version only runs on Windows PC’s and no additional software is needed.

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    • Partners

      Alberta Innovates - Bio Solutions     Bioversity International    Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical    International Potato Center    Global Crop Diversity Trust    Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University    International Centre for Plant Breeding Education and Research, The University of Western Australia    Center for Agricultural Biotechnology, Kasetsart University    USDA    Centre for Genetic Resources, Wageningen University