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BackgroundAPI Guide

GRIN Collections

Genetic Resource Collections

GRIN both provides data, and compiles references to databases hosted by collaborating projects.

Plant Germplasm

The National Plant Germplasm System (NGPS) is a collaborative effort to safeguard the genetic diversity of agriculturally important plants. The mission of the NPGS is to support agricultural production by acquiring, conserving, evaluating, documenting, and distributing crop germplasm.

Genebank Map

The U.S. map below shows the locations of NPGS genebanks. The information management system for the NPGS is part of an international collaboration called the GRIN-Global project.
Click on the genebank location in the map below to display a list of the crops that it manages. From this list, you can navigate to detail pages within the GRIN-Global website.
Image of U.S. with Repository cities listed and links to repositories Carya and Cotton Collection: College Station, TX National Clonal Germplasm Repository, Corvallis, OR National Clonal Germplasm Repository, Tomato Genetic Stock Center, Davis, CA National Germplasm Repository, Geneva, NY Pacific Basin Tropical Plant Genetic Resources Unit, Hilo, HI Tropical Agriculture Research Station, Mayaguez, PR Subtropical Horticulture Research Station, Miami, FL National Clonal Germplasm Repository for Citrus and Dates, Riverside, CA National Arboretum, Washington, DC North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station, Ames, IA National Small Grains Collection, Hordeum Genetic Stock Center, Wheat Genetic Stock Center: Aberdeen, ID Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit: Griffin, GA Soybean Collection, Maize Genetic Stock Center, Urbana, IL Western Regional Plant Introduction Station, Pea Genetic Stock Center, Pullman, WA National Germplasm Resources Lab, Beltsville, MD Potato Germplasm Introduction, Sturgeon Bay, WI National Arid Land Plant Genetic Resource Unit, Parlier, CA Ornamental Plant Germplasm Center, Columbus, OH Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center: Stuttgart, AR National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation: Ft. Collins, CO

Animal Germplasm

Animal genetic resources underpin the livestock sector’s production and profitability. As a result livestock industries contribute billions of dollars to national economies. Our mission is to acquire, evaluate and preserve these strategic resources so that industry and the research community can have access to a broad array of genetic variability for national security, the introduction of genetic variation, corrective mating, and various research initiatives.

Microbial Germplasm

The goal of this program is to ensure that the genetic diversity of agriculturallyimportant microorganisms is maintained to enhance and increase agricultural efficiency and profitability.The program will collect, authenticate and characterizepotentially useful microbial germplasm; preserve microbial genetic diversity; and facilitate distribution and utilization of microbial germplasm for research and industry.

GRIN Collections

GRIN provides access to data maintained within its database, supporting both searches and export. The Rhizobium collection of nitrogen fixing bacteria is maintained by the ARS Soybean Genomics and Improvement Laboratory in Beltsville, MD. Plant Variety Protection Certificates are issued by the Plant Variety Protection Office of the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service.
Rhizobium Collection
PVP Certificates