Plant & Food Research has extensive germplasm collection, providing us with a unique genetic resource for genomics research and breeding programmes.
These collections contain hundreds of plants representing a wide variety of genes and genetic combinations. Our germplasm characterisation programme is developing a comprehensive database of phenotype and genotype for key traits, as well as ploidy determination, for all material held in the germplasm collections. Our core collections hold plants representing the full allelic variation for identified traits to maintain the genetic diversity across the range of species.
This genetic library is used by our genomics researchers to identify the allele diversity for genes involved with key phenotypes. The collections also provide a unique resource for parental material in our breeding programmes with new material is continually added.
Plant & Food Research maintains about 15 hectares of orchards for fruit germplasm collections. We have 500 lines of vegetable germplasm held as seed, vegetative collections and in tissue culture, and over 7500 cereal lines held as seed. Our plant collections include:
- Potato (including Maori potato)
- Field and processing pea
- Sweet potato.