Submitted to: Sunflower International Conference Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: April 18, 2008
Publication Date: June 8, 2008
Citation: Marek, L., Block, C.C., Gardner, C.A. 2008. 2008 update: The USDA sunflower collection at the North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station, Ames, Iowa, USA. In: Proceedings of the 17th International Sunflower Conference, June 8-12, 2008, Cordoba, Spain. p. 735-740. Technical Abstract: An update on the status of the Helianthus L. germplasm collection in the National Plant Germplasm System of the United States is presented. The collection is held at the North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station in Ames, IA administered by the USDA-ARS Plant Introduction Research Unit in cooperation with the Agricultural Experiment Station at Iowa State University. Sunflower germplasm is acquired, maintained, characterized and distributed as well as used to conduct and support germplasm-related research. Overall, the Helianthus collection is 86% available and is composed of accessions of the domesticated species Helianthus annuus and its wild relative taxa. Sunflower germplasm and associated information are freely available to scientists and educators world-wide for research, crop improvement and product development.