The ILRI genebank conserves almost 19 thousand accessions of forages from over 1000 species. This is one of the most diverse collections of forage grasses, legumes and fodder tree species held in any genebank in the world and includes the world’s major collection of African grasses and tropical highland forages. In 1994, the germplasm collection held by ILRI was placed in trust under the auspices of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as part of their international network of ex situ collections. In October 2006, ILRI signed an agreement to include this material under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (Treaty). ILRI claims no ownership nor seeks any intellectual property rights over the germplasm and related information and makes it freely available for forage research and development.
ILRI provides forage seeds in small experimental quantities without charge from the germplasm collection as part of its policy of maximizing the utilization of material for research, breeding and training. All recipients of germplasm have to agree to the terms of the Standard Material transfer Agreement (SMTA) of the Treaty. If you would like to know more about obtaining forage seeds from the genebank, please contact: Jean Hanson, Genebank Manager
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