The mission of the NRSP-6 Potato Genebank is to facilitate improvements in the potato of the
future by promoting the use of valuable exotic genes found in wild potato germplasm. Small tubers are
typical of wild potato species (as illustrated in the picture to the left), but they represent a veritable
treasure chest of genetic diversity for potentially useful traits that may someday be bred into new varieties.
These new varieties must be able to overcome the challenges of pests and stresses with less dependence on
chemical fertilizers, insecticides and fungicides. NRSP-6 is doing this through a 5-fold approach:
Acquisition, Classification, Preservation, Evaluation and Distribution of potato germplasm.