The T.T. Chang Genetic Resources Center in The Philippines is the largest collection of rice diversity in the world, with more than 130,000 accessions, including genetic stocks, landraces and wild relatives.
IRRI has a strong focus on seed conservation research, largely directed to greater longevity of seeds in storage and improved precision of predicted seed longevity. The T.T. Chang Genetic Resources Center is actively working to improve efficiency, for example by testing an automated seed sorter that will allow seed processing to take place overnight and thus free staff for other routine operations.
The genetic resources center also has a molecular genetics team working on genetic diversity and biosystematics, and using genetic markers to find beneficial versions of genes. Data are managed, maintained and made available through the International Rice Genebank Collection Information System (IRGCIS).
The Germplasm Health Unit is well established and is a recognized component of the Philippines quarantine and phytosanitary certification system with responsibilities to the Philippines Government as well as to IRRI.
Head, T.T. Chang Genetic Resources Center: Venuprasad Ramaiah
Head of Germplasm Health Unit: Gururaj Kulkarni
Genebank Manager: Flora de Guzman
Search Genesys for accessions at IRRI
Key performance indicators of CGIAR genebanks, 2012-2017HINT: Use the search key to filter the data. For descriptions of performance indicators, click here.
|1. Total number of accessions||117,164||121,595||126,593||127,577||127,917||130,139|
|2. Total number of accessions that are currently available||107,202||113,194||117,061||120,131||120,074||119,763|
|3. Number of seed accessions||117,164||121,595||126,593||127,577||127,917||130,139|
|4. Number of vegetatively-propagated accessions||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|5. Number of seed accessions held in long-term storage and safety duplicated at two levels||114,446||114,886||114,886||116,294||116,294||116,294|
|6. Number of vegetatively-propagated accessions in cryopreservation or safety duplicated as in vitro||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Genebank operations, 2012-2017HINT: Use the search key to filter the data
|Number accessions received||2,148||6||0||40||210||1,756|
|Number accessions regenerated||68||57||211||12||2,537||359|
|Number accessions multiplied||3,078||6,281||2,609||5,894||3,291||2,980|
|Number accessions health tested||18,351||6,120||6,360||11,934||8,065||8,789|
|Number accessions cleaned||201||208||160||39||1,376||99|
|Number accessions viability tested||18,521||28,453||54,670||41,309||21,570||24,364|
Number of samples distributed to users within and outside the CGIAR, 2012-2017HINT: Use the search key to filter the data. For descriptions of performance indicators, click here.
|Number of samples distributed within the CGIAR||30,022||31,467||17,625||28,730||13,423||26,682|
|Number of samples distributed outside the CGIAR||13,979||13,065||14,407||8,454||4,581||9,136|
|Total number of samples distributed||44,001||44,532||32,032||37,184||18,004||35,818|
|Number of accessions distributed within the CGIAR||15,376||9,929||11,848||9,013||11,742||20,239|
|Number of accessions distributed outside the CGIAR||7,985||7,931||10,841||5,539||3,975||8,989|
|Total number of accessions distributed||23,361||17,860||22,689||14,552||15,717||29,228|