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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Mission
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  • Acquire, assess, preserve, and provide genetic resources
  • Secure biological diversity for sustainable agriculture and a changing world
  • Combine high quality research with the best possible stewardship and communication
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National Animal Germplasm Program (NAGP):   Provide genetic security and facilitate genetic understanding by developing and managing a repository containing diverse livestock genetic resources for population reconstitution or genomic studies. Evaluate livestock genetic diversity to ensure collections contain genetic diversity representative of US breeds or genetic lines. Provide germplasm, tissues, and associated data upon request.  Develop or implement methods to ensure stored germplasm remains viable for decades or centuries to come.  [project plan summary]

Plant Genetic Resources Preservation Program (PGRPP):  Mange genetic diversity collected for all US crops in a centralized repository.  Assist other genebanks within the US and worldwide by providing backup security storage of their genetic resources.  Use state-of-art facilities to assess health of germplasm, maintain viability for decades or centuries to come, and improve NCGRP’s capacity to store germplasm through research and collaboration.  Support curators’ efforts to back up or replenish accessions at Plant Introduction and Clonal Repository sites. [project plan summary]

Plant Germplasm Preservation Research (PGPR):  Develop strategies and technologies that improve genebanking operations and usefulness of genebanked samples.  Communicate these innovations to NPGS curators, partners and stakeholders of genetic resources preservation worldwide. [project plan summary]


Last Modified: 12/10/2008