Genetic Resources Center (GRC)
1989, within International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), to bring together International Network for Genetic Evaluation of Rice (INGER) and International Rice Genebank (IRG). Also referred to as TT Chang Genetic Resources Center. Ceased to exist, prior to 2014.
Ensure long-term preservation of rice biodiversity and add value to this biodiversity through research; collect, conserve, characterize and ensure the continued availability and exchange of rice genetic resources and ecogeographic and agronomic data related to germplasm in the International Rice Genebank Collection, in accordance with international conventions, agreements and policies, and of elite rice germplasm through the INGER Network; facilitate safe and free exchange of germplasm and information on genetic improvement and adaptation; enhance capacity of national agricultural research systems (NARS); assess and validate important traits of superior germplasm and its adaptation across locations; determine biosystematic relations of the genus Oryza and the extent of diversity; understand the genetic and social dynamics of farmer-managed rice cultivation; develop alternative methods for cultivating rice.Available with paid subscription only.
Responsible for managing and much of the implementation of IRRI's 'Rice Genetic Resources: Conservation, Safe Delivery and Use (GC) Program'. Research teams: Germplasm conservation and diversity; Biosystematics; Germplasm exchange and evaluation; Analysis of genotype and environment interaction. Facilities include: storage vaults for medium and long-term conservation of rice genetic resources; seed drying room; screen-houses for multiplication and maintenance of wild rice and low seed-stock germplasm and for biosystematics research; support laboratories for data management, seed management, tissue culture, biosystematics research and molecular biology.
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