Management, Evaluation, Acquisition and Distribution of Native Plant Germplasm for Research and Restoration
Plant Germplasm Introduction and Testing
2012 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.
There is an expanding demand for native seed especially 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). In 2012, seeds of more than 1700 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 WA. Accessions were also placed in long-term storage (18°C) at the National Center for Genetic Resource Preservation (NCGRP), Fort Collins CO. There are now more than 7,200 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. So far this year, 97 seed orders represented by 312 accessions 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. This progress is related to Objective 3 of the parent project: Strategically characterize (“genotype”) and evaluate (“phenotype”) crop core subsets and other priority germplasm for molecular markers, morphological descriptors, and key agronomic or horticultural traits, such as general adaptation, phenology, and growth potential.