Genetic Resource Center (IITA) having the largest collection of Cowpea in the World (with Over 15,000 Accessions of cowpea).
Today, the world is losing Genetic Resources (Germplasm) of varieties at unprecedented rate. Therefore, Agricultural sustainability of varieties now depends on strong conservation composite. Over the years, the drive to conserve genetic materials for food security had pose major challenge for researchers and breeders with few among many had been able to conserve numbers […]
Seed conformity process is a phase in the seed-processing life cycle of purifying mixed seeds accession that result from harvest process. During Harvesting, technicians harvested multiple accessions on the same field location and as a result there is always a mixed up of accession, dead seed, and broken seed due to threshing and handling of […]
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 […]