The maize collection of 28,000 accessions includes the world’s largest collection of maize landraces, created and maintained by farmers over many generations, as well as wild teosinte and Tripsacum wild relatives of maize.
CIMMYT is actively assessing the diversity of the maize and wheat seed collections using genomics technologies. Developing links between accession data and data from breeders are another focus of work. The genebank has been a pioneer in using GRIN-Global and in establishing a QMS. Several operations are certified to ISO 9001:2008 standard.
The Seed Health Unit ensures that all seed conserved in the genebank, as well as any seed imported to or exported from any of CIMMYT’s research locations, meets international phytosanitary standards. The Seed Health Unit has attained ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation.
Genetic Resources Program director: Kevin Pixley
Maize germplasm bank manager: Denise Costich
Wheat germplasm bank manager: Tom Payne
Seed health laboratory manager: Monica Mezzalama
Status of CIMMYT genebank according to performance targets
|Passport Data Completeness Index (Average)||5.31|
CIMMYT Genetics Resources Program by the numbers: full-time staff equivalents 17; date to reach performance targets maize – 2021, wheat – 2017; projected accession numbers in 2022 – maize 30,092; wheat – 162,838; QMS has ISO 9001:2008 accreditation
CIMMYT Genetics Resources Program by the numbers
|Full-time staff equivalents||17|
|Date to reach performance targets||Maize 2021; wheat 2017|
|Projected accession numbers in 2022||Maize 30,092; wheat 162,838|
|QMS has ISO 9001:2008 accreditation|