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International Rice Research Institute (IRRI)

International Rice Genebank

The International Rice Genebank (IRG) in The Philippines is the largest collection of rice diversity in the world, with more than 127,000 accessions, including genetic stocks, landraces and wild relatives.

Harvesting rice accessions at IRRI in Los Baños, Philippines.
Harvesting rice accessions at IRRI in Los Baños, Philippines. Credit: Getty Images Reportage photographer Brent Stirton

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 IRG 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.

Useful information

Head, Genetic Resources Centre: Ruaraidh Sackville-Hamilton
Head of Germplasm Health Unit: Patricia Gonzales
Key staff: Flora de Guzman, Genebank Manager; Fiona Hay, Deputy Head, Genetic Resources Centre

Rice

External links

Website
Search Genesys for accessions at ILRI

IRRI’s cold storage facilities.
IRRI’s cold storage facilities. Credit: Getty Images Reportage photographer Brent Stirton

Status of IRRI genebank according to performance targets

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2016
Accessions127,917
Availability94%
Safety duplication91%
Passport Data Completeness Index (Average)5.50

International Rice Genebank by the numbers

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Full-time staff equivalents41.7
Date to reach performance targets2016
Projected accession numbers in 2022130,000

IRRI lab technician sorting rice seeds. Credit: Getty Images Reportage photographer Brent Stirton

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