Genetic Resource Collections
GRIN both provides data, and compiles references to databases hosted by collaborating projects.
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.
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.
Affiliated Non-ARS Collections
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.
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 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.