Genebanks conserve living plant samples of the world’s important crops and their wild relatives. They ensure that the genetic resources that underpin our food supply are both secure in the long term for future generations and available in the short term for use by farmers, plant breeders, and researchers. These collections are important to ensure that crop plants which may contain genes to resist disease, provide enhanced nutrition, or survive in changing or harsh environments do not become endangered or extinct over time. The genebank at the International Potato Center (CIP) in Lima, Peru maintains clonal and seed collections of potato, sweetpotato, and Andean roots and tubers (ARTC’s). The genebank is maintained as a global public good under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA).  CIP’s germplasm is available for requestors for research, education, and breeding purposes. This germplasm has been used in breeding programs in over 100 countries. CIP is the custodian of the world’s largest in vitro genebank and is the first to obtain International Standards Organization (ISO) accreditation, which regulates the processes for safe and secure germplasm movement. Further, it houses one of the world’s leading herbarium collections and cryopreservation program.

CIP Genebank Management

Organigrama capasPotatoSweetpotatoARTCsPhytosanitaryIn vitro ConservationCryopreservationSafety BackupsHerbariumDistributionData Management SystemCIPGenebank Operation
Total accessions conserved at
CIP Genebank

CIP Genebank, preserving the biodiversity of roots and tubers

News

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How to read a herbarium’s hidden stories

Fanny Vargas and how to read a herbarium’s hidden stories
By : genebankcip | Oct 15, 2018
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The CGIAR Genebank Platform

https://vimeo.com/259296364
By : genebankcip | Mar 16, 2018
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Crop Trust to recognise the “Global Gatekeepers” of Crop Diversity

https://cipotato.org/pressreleases/crop-trust-recognise-global-gatekeepers-crop-diversity/
By : genebankcip | Feb 26, 2018
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CIP helps partners improve access and tracking of plant genetic resources

https://cipotato.org/blog/cip-helps-partners-improve-access-tracking-plant-genetic-resources/
By : genebankcip | Feb 26, 2018
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Meet Alberto Salas

https://cipotato.org/media/meet-alberto-salas/
By : genebankcip | Feb 15, 2018

Origin of accessions conserved in the CIP Genebank