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The genetic resources of the NIAS Genebank are distributed for research (including breeding) and educational purposes.

How to order

  1. Please refer to Administrative Regulations for Biological Genetic Resources in the NIAS Genebank Project of the National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences.
  2. Please download and fill in the “Application for Distribution of Biological Genetic Resources (Form No.1)” and two originals of the “Material Transfer Agreement (Form No.2)”. Send them either by fax or mail to the address indicated below. We need hard copy, since your signatures are mandatory.
    • You can get information on genetic resources through our databases.
    • The import permit and/or the phytosanitary certificate might be necessary for importing genetic resources depending on the country. In that case, please obtain them from your government before ordering, and then indicate them on your order form.
    • If you belong to a public research or education organization, please indicate it on your order form.
    • The ordered items might be available free of charge if your affiliation, purpose and outline of your study meet our requirement.
    • If you have a deadline to get the genetic resources, please be aware that some genetic resources require a long time before shipment or are unavailable due to restriction or low germination.
  3. The user will be charged on the basis of the designated price for the ordered materials.
  4. Payment can be made by CREDIT CARD or BANK TRANSFER only (Payment by credit card is highly recommended to avoid additional cost). Cheques are NOT accepted.
      • Please send “Application for credit card payment” simultaneously when you send “Application for Distribution of Biological Genetic Resources (Form No. 1)” and two originals of the “Material Transfer Agreement (Form No. 2)”.
        • “Application for credit card payment” is a fillable PDF form. Please type or handwrite clearly in block letters.
      • Total amount of the payment calculated based on Japanese yen basis.
        [unit price] (see Appendix) × [the number of ordered items]
      • After the Credit Card is verified, the ordered items will be sent.
      • In the case of bank transfer, the payer may be required to pay extra charges (e.g. bank transfer fee, rerouting fee, foreign currency conversion fee) in addition to the price of genetic resources.
      • The price is calculated based on U.S. dollar and Euro basis at the fixed exchange rate.
        [unit price] (see Appendix) × [the number of ordered items]
      • We will send an invoice with the total amount. Please pay all the bank charges and re-routing fees if necessary.
        • Payment shall be made to the bank account indicated in the invoice.
      • After the payment is confirmed, the ordered items will be sent.
    • Shipment cost is normally borne by the NIAS Genebank.

Other Remarks on Distribution of Biological Genetic Resources

  1. If any changes in the information indicated in the “Application for Distribution of Biological Genetic Resources (Form No.1)” occur during your research, please inform us by sending the “Notice of Changes (Form No. 4)”.
  2. When you finish your research using the genetic resources distributed, please send us the “Report on Research Results (Form No.5)”.


Download forms in a zip package

  • Application for Distribution of Biological Genetic Resources (Form No.1)
  • Material Transfer Agreement (Form No.2)
  • Notice of Changes (Form No.4)
  • Report on Research Results (Form No.5)
  • Application for credit card payment

National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences
2-1-2 Kannondai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8602, Japan
E-mail: genebank at(nospam) nias dot affrc dot go dot jp
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