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International Potato Center (CIP)

The genebank of the International Potato Center conserves potato and sweetpotato diversity.

Cryopreservation at the CIP genebank in Lima, Peru.
Cryopreservation at the CIP genebank in Lima, Peru. Credit: Crop Trust
A CIP technician inside the CIP genebank in Lima, Peru.
A CIP technician inside the CIP genebank in Lima, Peru. Credit: Crop Trust

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CIP’s collections of potato and sweetpotato are the world’s largest and contain nearly all of the potato wild relatives.

The in vitro genebank is the largest in the world and was one of the first genebanks to obtain ISO 17025 certification for safe and secure movement of germplasm.

The crops conserved at CIP are mostly propagated vegetatively, and so most of the accessions are kept as in vitro plants and in cryopreservation for long-term storage. The CIP genebank has been suggested as a center of excellence for cryobanking. The genebank has a large program to move more accessions into cryopreservation.

The CIP genebank also conserves accessions of nine types of Andean root and tuber crops.

The in vitro sweetpotato collection is backed up in Columbia while the in vitro potato collection is backed up in Brazil.

Useful information

Head of genebank: Noelle Anglin
Phytosanitary & quarantine specialist: Brenda Zea
Contact for ordering germplasm: CIP-Germplasm@cgiar.org

Andean roots and tubers

Potato

Sweetpotato

Key performance indicators of CGIAR genebanks, 2012-2017

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Indicator 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
1. Total number of accessions 15,621 15,756 16,183 16,044 15,749 17,898
2. Total number of accessions that are currently available 5,516 2,766 2,949 2,652 2,149 5,467
3. Number of seed accessions 402 0 68 39 39 4,924
4. Number of vegetatively-propagated accessions 14,821 14,584 13,722 13,554 13,262 12,974
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 0 0 0 2,580
7. Number of vegetatively-propagated accessions in cryopreservation or safety duplicated as in vitro 10,807 9,999 9,817 12,781 13,448 9,727

Genebank operations, 2012-2017

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Indicator 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Number accessions received 554 1,249 255 12 25 50
Number accessions regenerated 1,337 1,599 547 474 537 3,463
Number accessions multiplied 4,208 6,586 14,751 10,358 9,860 11,291
Number accessions health tested 1,486 1,124 968 977 722 958
Number accessions cleaned 763 666 404 171 308 469
Number accessions viability tested 463 80 753 840 1,329 1,054
CIP Genebank Manager, Dave Ellis, with the Crop Trust’s Executive Director, Marie Haga, inside the CIP genebank in Lima, Peru. Credit: Crop Trust
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