In vitro genebank is an ex-situ conservation method that basically allows safeguarding of valuable genetic diversity of particular crops, outside their original or natural habitat, under artificial growing (in vitro). Achieved with slow growth conditions, in vitro conservation involves maintenance of plant explants in a sterile, pathogen-free environment and mostly applied to vegetative propagated […]
The act of safeguarding germplasm in IITA Genetic Resources center (GRC) had always been put first to prevent loss of Accession from any natural occurrences that might cause loss of germplasm. To keep the core mandate of conservation in the in vitro room where plant are conserve outside its own natural habitat using in […]
IITA genebank routinely carryout the best of her seed preservation process by drying the seed to a permissible moisture of value that prevent the seed from rot in the seed conservation room.The seed drying room is designed and fitted with de-humidifier equipment that regulate 10 to 15 relative humidity of the room at a controlled […]
A training session on the use of Android mobile device to capture field data and the printing of Bar-code via Bluetooth to label a laboratory specimen on the field and on the screen house.
The IITA Genetic Resources Center (GRC) holds international collections of tropical clonal crops such as cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz), yam (Dioscorea species), Banana and plantains (Musa species). These crops hardly produce seeds (very few or no seed production) which are recalcitrant and/or intermediate heterogeneous seed. That’s why they are propagated clonally, through stem cuttings, tubers […]
Exploration is been carried out in GRC based on the availability of seed in the conservation and number of propagated plant available for distribution. Also exploration can be done when there is loss of accession. Important documentation needed when going for exploration are the country of origin, location, longitude and latitude (Geo-reference data) cultivar name, […]