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Taxonomic Information on Cultivated Plants in GRIN-Global




Introduction

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service's (ARS) National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) currently maintains over 142,742 accessions of mostly economically important vascular plants. It also coordinates the activities of more than 25 USDA and other seed and clonal germplasm sites and interacts with the international germplasm community and scientific public through the Germplasm Resources Information Network, GRIN-Global. The GRIN-Global database contains information on all genetic resources preserved by NPGS, including accessions of both domestic and foreign origin. Though the emphasis is on major, minor, or potential crops and their wild and weedy relatives, many other categories of plants are represented including ornamentals and some rare and endangered plants. A range of data--including passport, taxonomic, descriptor, observation, evaluation, and inventory data--for each germplasm accession is available in GRIN-Global. The taxonomic data providing the overall organization for germplasm accessions in GRIN-Global are the focus of these pages. For information on other aspects of GRIN-Global or NPGS see Janick (1989) or consult the NPGS home page.



International Rice Genebank Germplasm Distribution and Exchange Policy


IRRI continues the free international exchange of germplasm, in accordance with the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA). We provide rice in small quantities to any entity or establishment for research, breeding, or training for food and agriculture purposes; free of charge. At the same time, we gratefully receive seed contributions to add to our collection.

The procedure for acquiring seeds from IRRI are as follows:
1. Read, study and comply with Standard Material Transfer Agreement(SMTA).
2. Inquire, search and choose accessions through GRIN-Global or Genesys websites.
3. Submit requests electronically through the public websites (refer to #2)