Supporting plant breeders, worldwide

September 17, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Variety maintenance and elite seed production plots
at ICARDA’s Tel Hadya research station

ICARDA provides vital support to plant breeding programs in developing countries worldwide: sharing improved genetic material through the International Nurseries Program, helping to maintain the genetic purity of new varieties, and providing seed stocks.

So far this year, ICARDA has received requests for materials from 97 organizations in 40 countries, from Australia to the Americas, Pakistan to Portugal. More requests are expected as national programs complete their data analysis for the recent harvest. Preparation and packaging of international nurseries is in full swing. The nurseries will be distributed for the 2012/13 planting.

Some 25 hectares at the Center’s Tel Hadya research station in Syria – and more plots at stations in other countries – are devoted to multiplication of nurseries, variety maintenance and seed production of select materials (elite lines for research, newly released varieties for multiplication). In 2012,  several hundred genotypes were multiplied for distribution to partner organizations worldwide.

Breeding materials developed ICARDA research stations go through multiple stages of testing, after which the best performers are distributed, for further use by national research centers. These include elite nurseries, segregating populations, specialized disease nurseries and other materials with specific traits, of a range of crops: bread, durum and winter/facultative wheat, barley, faba bean, chickpea, lentil, grasspea and forage legumes.

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