Management, Evaluation, Acquisition and Distribution of Native Plant Germplasm for Research and Restoration
Plant Germplasm Introduction and Testing
2013 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
Provide adapted genetic resources of key native species needed for revegetation on public lands.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
Acquisition of key native species and characterization research to identify populations adapted to different revegetation areas.
This progress contributes to the Objective 2 of the parental project: “Conduct genetic characterizations and phenotypic evaluations of genetic resources of the preceding crops and related wild species for priority genetic and agronomic traits”. There is an expanding demand for native seed for restoration. In cooperation with the BLM’s Seeds of Success (SOS) program, native plant materials are being received, catalogued, processed, stored, and distributed through the National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS). For the reporting period, seeds of more than 1,100 native accessions from the SOS program were received and documented in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) at the Western Regional Plant Introduction Station (WRPIS), Pullman Washington. There were 750 accessions placed in long-term storage (18°C) at the National Center for Genetic Resource Preservation (NCGRP), Fort Collins Colorado. There are now more than 8,333 new accessions representing key native grasses and forbs in the NPGS. For accessions with sufficient seed quantities, accessions were placed in the WRPIS active collection at 4°C for distribution to the user community. Utilization of germplasm from this collection continues to grow. This year, 82 seed orders comprised of 224 accessions in 264 packets were distributed to the user community. As a result of this effort, public and private researches have increased access to native species needed for expanded use of native germplasm.