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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Welcome to the Plant Genetic Resources Unit!!

 The USDA - ARS, Plant Genetic Resources Unit, located on the Geneva, NY Campus of Cornell University, is a component of the National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS). The PGRU was formed in 1986 by merging the Northeast Regional Plant Introduction Station (NERPIS) and the National Clonal Germplasm Repository for Apple, Tart Cherry and Grape (NGR).

The two missions of the PGRU are the preservation of germplasm of selected crop plants and the breeding and improvement of apples.  Specific activities include acquisition, documentation, maintenance, characterization, breeding, enhancement and distribution of the assigned crops.  PGRU maintains approximately 20,000 different accessions, representing over 300 species. 

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 P. ForslineClonal Crops:
Information on clonal apples, grapes and tart cherries.
 L. RobertsonSeedCrops:Information on vegetable seed crops (tomato, squash, onion, tomatillo, etc)
 Molecular Lab: Information on current research projects at PGRU. Bioinformatics: 
Applications of bioinformatics include molecular marker discovery / prediction and more.

 National Apple Rootstock Breeding Program 2012 Apple Catalog:
To view the most current Apple (Malus) germplasm catalog
 2012 Grape Catalog:  To view the most current Grape (Vitis) catalog 2012 Tart Cherry Catalog:
To view the most current Tart Cherry (Prunus) catalog.

Research Leader: Dr. Gan-Yuan Zhong

Last Modified: 8/13/2016
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