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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.

Bananas growing at Bioversity International
Bananas growing at Bioversity International. Credit: Shawn Landersz

ITC Website

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).

Banana

Key Staff

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

External links

ITC Website
MusaNet
Search Genesys for accessions at Bioversity ITC

Key performance indicators of CGIAR genebanks, 2012-2017

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Indicator 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
1. Total number of accessions 1,434 1,455 1,479 1,518 1,544 1,546
2. Total number of accessions that are currently available 881 897 897 938 957 980
3. Number of seed accessions 0 0 0 0 0 0
4. Number of vegetatively-propagated accessions 1,434 1,455 1,479 1,518 1,544 1,546
5. Number of seed accessions held in long-term storage and safety duplicated at two levels 0 0 0 0 0 0
6. Number of vegetatively-propagated accessions in cryopreservation or safety duplicated as in vitro 801 801 801 801 924 921
PDCI score - - - 5.27 5.77 5.57

Genebank operations, 2012-2017

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

Number of samples distributed to users within and outside the CGIAR, 2012-2017

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Indicator 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Number of samples distributed within the CGIAR 79 177 61 118 0 67
Number of samples distributed outside the CGIAR 429 1,009 644 1,032 860 551
Total number of samples distributed 508 1,186 705 1,150 860 618
Number of accessions distributed within the CGIAR 79 177 61 118 0 64
Number of accessions distributed outside the CGIAR 425 532 431 693 617 537
Total number of accessions distributed 504 709 492 811 617 601

 

 

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