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Plant Section

The Plant Section conducts exploration, collection, characterization, preservation and multiplication, and distribution services of plant genetic resources in collaboration with Sub-banks located across Japan, with the National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences acting as the Central Bank. The plant species covered are the following 12 groups.

  • Rice
  • Wheat and barley
  • Legumes
  • Root and tuber crops
  • Millets, other cereals, industrial crops
  • Grasses and forage crops
  • Fruit trees
  • Vegetables
  • Ornamental flowers and trees
  • Tea
  • Mulberry
  • Tropical and subtropical crops

The Plant Section has been dispatching both domestic and overseas exploration teams every year and making efforts to survey the distributions and variations of plants as well as to collect versatile genetic resources. The total number of newly registered plant genetic resources amounts to over 5,000 items per year, including items obtained by exchanges with domestic and overseas research institutes. Part of the activities of such exploratory collections is made open to the public in the Annual Report on Exploration and Introduction of Plant Genetic Resources [ja].