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Germplasm Collections

These are the largest and most authoritative cereal collections in the UK comprising 9513 wheat, 10838 barley and 2613 oat accessions. All material is sent out under the Standard Material Transfer Agreement of the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

Brachypodium distachyon is a promising model system for temperate grasses structural and functional genomics because of its physical, genetic and genome attributes. The sequencing of the inbred line Bd21 ( started in 2007. However, a transformation method remains to be developed for the community standard line Bd21. Here we describe a facile, efficient and rapid transformation system for Bd21 using Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of compact embryogenic calli (CEC) derived from immature embryos.

Temperate forage grasses with the emphasis on wild and semi-natural populations of those species which are of importance to UK agriculture i.e. Lolium, Festuca and Dactylis. Also includes old cultivars and landraces used in UK agriculture. Select UK National Plant Inventory, then search for specific genera or species.

Videos on practical methods related to germplasm collections

The RBG Kew DNA Bank contains approximately 40,000 samples of plant genomic DNA (as at the beginning of year 2010), all stored at -80°C. DNA samples can be ordered from Kew using this site. The fees assessed do not imply that DNA samples are being purchased, but rather this fee is meant to offset the cost of producing the sample and maintaining and shipping it. RBG Kew standard terms of supply (see MTA form) restrict commercial use of the DNA supplied.

The list of genes provided below has been obtained by BLAST search routine against sequences available in online databases (e.g. GenBank, EMBL). T1 seeds are available from all T-DNA insertion lines (genotype Bd21). Validation and T2 seed production is ongoing. T1 and/or T2 seeds are available from the John Innes Centre and can be requested online.

As part of IGER’s interest in energy crops, DEFRA is funding a Miscanthus genetic improvement programme.

The seed portal is a way to find basic information about the seed samples conserved in the Seed Vault

The collection consists mainly of wheat varieties and a few tetraploid and diploid lines. The lines are maintained as grain from bagged ears from glasshouse grown plants. Small seed samples are available under the SMTA of the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

There are over 6 million samples, or accessions, held in genebanks world wide. Maintaining these accessions in a viable state represents a massive investment of resources over time. However there are concerns that the return on this investment is limited due to poor utilization of the material in breeding programs. Actually finding the accessions most likely to provide the genetic variation required is a major constraint.

RRes maintains and distributes a collection of 50 accessions. Information on these can be searched via the database managed by the Germplasm Resoruces Unit at the JIC. Simply select Triticum in the Genus and monococcum in the species boxes and click search. The records will then appear.

Comprises some 1200 selections of landrace wheats collected from around the world in the late 1920s. This provides a unique snapshot of genetic diversity and geographic distribution prior to large scale plant breeding. It is also a source of novel genes for wheat improvement.

Watkins collection phenotype data from the 2006 JIC field trial - Phenotype data of the EMS mutated Paragon M5 population collected at JIC between March and August 2006- Mapping data for the Avalon x Cadenza DH population - Development and analysis of 146 Conserved Orthologous Sequence (COS) markers in Wheat, Rice and Brachypodium distachyon - Avalon and Cadenza Field Trial 2006

(2x, 4x and 6x wheat species, and both wild and cultivated relatives) The collection of around 1350 accessions has been built up over the past 60 years. An extremely diverse source of novel genes for cereal improvement, which is thus additionally important for taxonomic reference studies. All material is sent out under the Standard Material Transfer Agreement of the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.