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International Musa Germplasm Transit Centre

The Bioversity International Musa Germplasm Transit Centre (ITC) is hosted at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and is home to the world’s largest collection of banana diversity.

The Bioversity International Musa Germplasm Transit Centre (ITC) is home to the world’s largest collection of banana germplasm. The collection contains more than 1,500 accessions of edible and wild species of banana and is hosted at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven). Photo: Michael Major/Crop Trust

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The collection includes more than 1,500 accessions of cultivated and wild species of banana. The accessions are kept in vitro under slow growth conditions at 16°C. For security, samples are frozen in liquid nitrogen at –196°C. Such cryopreserved material can be conserved indefinitely and revived into full banana plants as needed. In addition, this frozen collection is safety duplicated at the Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) in Montpellier, France.

The Laboratory of Plant Pathology from Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech (Liège University, Belgium) provides virus-indexing and plant health services. Virus negative material is freely available for international distribution upon request from the MGIS website, which holds passport data on all ITC accessions. Samples are accompanied by a health statement, phytosanitary certificate and a copy of the Standard Material Transfer Agreement.

ITC collaborates widely with partners in many locations around the world through the Musa Genetic Resources Network (MusaNet).

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Key Staff

Head of Genetic Resources: Nicolas Roux
Genebank Manager: Ines Van den Houwe
Cryopreservation Specialist: Bart Panis

Key performance indicators of CGIAR genebanks, 2012-2018

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Indicator 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Total number of accessions 1,455 1,479 1,518 1,544 1,546 1,566
Total number of accessions that are currently available 897 897 938 957 980 987
Number of seed accessions 0 0 0 0 0 -
Number of vegetatively-propagated accessions 1,455 1,479 1,518 1,544 1,546 1,566
Number of live plant accessions 0 0 0 0 0
Number of seed accessions held in long-term storage and safety duplicated at two levels 0 0 0 0 0 -
Number of vegetatively-propagated accessions in cryopreservation or safety duplicated as in vitro 801 801 801 924 921 1,079

Genebank operations, 2012-2018

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Indicator 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Number accessions received 30 43 22 5 20 66
Number accessions regenerated 3 0 20 46 27 17 65
Number accessions multiplied 1,209 1,226 1,184 1,361 1,213 2,864 3,096
Number accessions health tested 17 78 0 0 40 44 27
Number accessions cleaned 20 9 5 2 0 77 23
Number accessions viability tested 0 0 0 0 0 0

Number of samples distributed to users within and outside the CGIAR, 2012-2018

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Indicator 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Number of samples distributed within the CGIAR 177 61 118 0 67 11
Number of samples distributed outside the CGIAR 1,009 644 1,032 860 551 445
Total number of samples distributed 1,186 705 1,150 860 618 456
Number of accessions distributed within the CGIAR 177 61 118 0 64 11
Number of accessions distributed outside the CGIAR 532 431 693 617 537 438
Total number of accessions distributed 709 492 811 617 601 449

Publications by Bioversity genebank staff in 2018

Recent publications with at least one CGIAR genebank staff as author. HINT: Use the search key to filter the data.
Authors Article title Publication name URL
Sinnesael, A., Eeckhout, S., Janssens, S., Smets,E., Panis, B., Verstraete, B. Detection of Burkholderia in the seeds of Psychotria punctata (Rubiaceae) – Microscopic evidence for vertical transmission in the leaf nodule symbiosis. PLoS One READ
Ellis, D., Escobar, R., Gueye, B., Panis, B., Vollmer, R., Popova, E. Cryobanking clonal crops: When knowledge and practice are not the same. Cryobiology, Abstracts of CRYO2018 READ
Němečková, A., Christelová, P., Čížková, J., Nyine, M., Van den houwe, I., Svačina, R., Uwimana, B., Swennen, R., Doležel, J. and Hribová, E. Molecular and cytogenetic study of east African highland banana. Frontiers of Plant Science READ
Sardos, J., Christelová, P., Čížková, J., Paofa, J., Sachter-Smith, G. L., Janssens, S. B., Rauka, G. , Ruas, M. , Daniells, J. W.,Doležel, J.,Roux, N. Collection of new diversity of wild and cultivated bananas (Musa spp.) in the autonomous region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution READ
Rouard, M., Droc, G., Martin, G., Hueber, Y., Sardos, J., Guignon, V., Cenci, A., Geigle, B., Hibbins, M., Yahiaoui, N., Baurens, F., Berry, V., Hahn, M., D’Hont, A., Roux, N.  Three new genome assemblies support a rapid radiation in Musa acuminata (wild banana). Genome Biology and Evolution READ
Halewood, M., Lopez Noriega, I., Ellis, D., Roa, C., Rouard, M., Sackville Hamilton, R. Using genomic sequence information to increase conservation and sustainable use of crop diversity and benefit-sharing. Biopreservation and Biobanking READ

Publications by Bioversity genebank staff in 2017

Recent publications with at least one CGIAR genebank staff as author. HINT: Use the search key to filter the data.
Authors Article title Publication name URL
Max Ruas, V. Guignon, G. Sempere, J. Sardos, Y. Hueber, H. Duvergey, A. Andrieu, R. Chase, C. Jenny, T. Hazekamp, B. Irish, K. Jelali, J. Adeka, T. Ayala-Silva, C.P. Chao, J. Daniells, B. Dowiya, B. Effa effa, L. Gueco, L. Herradura, L. Ibobondji, E. Kempenaers, J. Kilangi, S. Muhangi, P. Ngo Xuan, J. Paofa, C. Pavis, D. Thiemele, C. Tossou, J. Sandoval, A. Sutanto, G. Vangu Paka, G. Yi, I. Van den houwe, N. Roux, M. Rouard MGIS: managing banana (Musa spp.) genetic resources information and high-throughput genotyping data. Database READ
Al-Idrus, A., Carpentier, S.C., Ahmad, M.T., Panis, B., Mohamed, Z. Elucidation of the compatible interaction between banana and Meloidogyne incognita via high-throughput proteome profiling. PLoS ONE READ
De Clerck, C., Crew, K., Van den houwe, I., McMichael, L., Berhal, C., Lassois, L., Haissam Jijakli, M., Roux, N., Thomas, J. and Massart, S. Lessons learned from the virus indexing of Musa germplasm: insights from a multiyear collaboration. Annals of Applied Biology READ

 

 

In Vitro tubes containing banana at Bioversity International
In vitro tubes containing banana at Bioversity International. Credit: Shawn Landersz
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