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World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

Genetic Resources Unit

The Genetic Resources Unit of the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) conserves a wide diversity of about 190 species. These are wild, partially domesticated and domesticated trees used in agroforestry systems to supply fruit, timber, medicines and other products.

Genebank technician working at ICRAF’s facilities in Nairobi, Kenya.
Genebank technician working at ICRAF’s facilities in Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: Shawn Landersz

Many accessions are maintained in field genebanks managed in collaboration with national partners. The field genebanks supply propagating material to local partners in addition to gathering valuable data on the performance of the accessions.

The genebank works closely with research partners to supply agroforestry tree diversity for ICRAF domestication programs and other researchers.

In addition, ICRAF maintains a unique collection of African dryland woody-fodder species.

ICRAF staff carry out basic tests for diseases of quarantine risk. The genebank relies on national partners to monitor plant health in the field genebanks.

Useful information

Leader in Tree Diversity, Domestication and Delivery: Ramni Jamnadass
Head of genebank: Alice Muchugi
Seed scientist: Zakayo Kinyanjui
Genebank Database Officer: Simon Kang’ethe

Forages

Multipurpose trees

Key performance indicators of CGIAR genebanks, 2012-2017

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Indicator 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
1. Total number of accessions 8,907 9,090 8,177 8,945 9,194 9,597
2. Total number of accessions that are currently available 4,882 4,122 1,341 5,684 6,335 6,892
3. Number of seed accessions 8,907 9,090 8,177 8,945 9,194 9,597
4. Number of vegetatively-propagated accessions 0 0 0 0 0 0
5. Number of live plant accessions 0 0 0 0 0 0
6. Number of seed accessions held in long-term storage and safety duplicated at two levels 0 0 325 1,387 1,387 1,387
7. Number of vegetatively-propagated accessions in cryopreservation or safety duplicated as in vitro 0 0 0 0 0 0

Genebank operations, 2012-2017

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Indicator 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Number accessions received 190 68 60 202 392 212
Number accessions regenerated 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number accessions multiplied 389 0 30 119 0 0
Number accessions health tested 290 2,155 1,583 1,661 3,898 1,134
Number accessions cleaned 0 0 0 0 520 0
Number accessions viability tested 409 112 203 928 1,162 917
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