Genebanks are places where you find valuable resources from worldwide, where are preserving genetic resources however they are not museums and part of their mandate is to facilitate access and use of the collections. An important goal of any genebank is to characterize all material and make it available for users in a similar manner as library catalogs books and makes them available for use. A search tool has been designed to help users narrow down the number of accessions in our repository and only order plant material that suits their needs based on taxonomy and morphological characterization. Most of what the CIP genebank distributes is in vitro plantlets (cultivated collections) or small packets of seeds of the wild species. CIP distributes the material to institutes and entities involved in research, breeding or training and due to resource limitations can only ship up to 35 accessions to anyone organization or individual per year.
In making plant material available worldwide for research, education, and breeding purposes the CIP genebank can only distribute material internationally that has been tested and found to be free of viruses. Requestors are asked to provide an import permit stating conditions for importation of germplasm from Peru. Please check with your local health quarantine agency to obtain the required import permit to receive plant material.