Genebank data update

I’ve decided to promote a couple of Nibbles from Monday to a full post. Because they’re important and I don’t want them to get overlooked, and I just don’t know how many people actually work through all the Nibbles. Maybe I should have led with these.

Anyway, the thing is, the USDA’s National Plant Germplasm System has just launched its new GRIN-Global webpage.1 Through it, you can search for, and order, material from any of the system’s constituent genebanks. Of which there are, you know, a lot.

Now, don’t @ me if what you see there is not exactly the same as what’s in Genesys. They’ve been somewhat preoccupied in Beltsville, but we hope to get an update of their data very soon now.2

Meanwhile, the potato-breeding machine that is Cultivariable has started publishing his latest evaluation data on (some of) the USDA’s potato germplasm (click on “Evaluation Year” and choose “2020”).

But will it find its way into any of the above-mentioned databases?


  1. Coincidentally, it also has an updated Wikipedia entry. []
  2. All other recent uploads and refreshes are here; note the recent addition of 7000-odd rice accessions from the Myanmar national genebank. []

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