International Rice Genebank (IRG)

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1977, Los Baños - Laguna (Philippines), within the framework of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), as Rice Genetic Resources Program. In Mar 1983, became International Rice Germplasm Centre (IRGC), following decision of IRRI Board of Trustees. Since 1989, united with International Network for Genetic Evaluation of Rice (INGER) in Genetic Resources Center (GRC), which remains within the framework of IRRI. Present name adopted in 1995. Ceased to exist prior to 2014.


Acquire, collect and coordinate conservation of rice germplasm, traditional varieties, breeding lines of Oryza sativa and other Oryza species; secure seed increase, characterization, preservation and rejuvenation; provide distribution of seeds and related technical information about seed and rice germplasm conservation in general; provide technical assistance on human resource development and genebank facilities.

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Field collection of rice cultivars and wild relatives in South and Southeast Asia; characterization of about 107,000 rice accessions; preservation of the base collection of rice; dissemination of seed to all rice researchers; supply of seeds to rice scientists in different countries; training of rice germplasm field collectors, managers and database workers (both at IRRI and in-country); short-term courses on rice germplasm conservation; advice on refrigeration equipment for cold storage rooms; supply of information on rice germplasm and evaluation results; technical assistance to national and regional gene banks; periodic workshops on genetic conservation.


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Relations with 4 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 5 non-governmental organizations.
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Subjects *

  • Biosciences
    • Genetics
  • Plant Life
    • Botany
    • Cereals
  • Agriculture, Fisheries
    • Breeding

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 2: Zero Hunger



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