Submitted to: Plant and Animal Genome
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/14/2015
Publication Date: 1/9/2015
Citation: Krueger, R. 2015. National Date Palm Germplasm Repository. Plant and Animal Genome. 1:W560.
Technical Abstract: The National Clonal Germplasm Repository for Citrus & Dates (NCGRCD), located in Riverside, California USA, is a project of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The NCGRCD maintains a collection of germplasm of date palm (Phoneix dactylifera L) in Thermal, California. This collection is based upon the date palm germplasm imported by the USDA in the early 20th century. It presently comprises 134 accessions of Phoenix germplasm, of which 117 represent P dacytlifera and 17 represent seven other species of Phoenix. P dactlyifera germplasm includes 28 pistillate accessions directly derived from Old World varieties; 9 New World pistillate accessions; 35 staminate accessions; 17 breeding lines; and 28 miscellaneous accessions. NCGCRD is a service program. Germplasm is freely available to researchers world-wide and is distributed mostly as leaf tissue and seed; other forms may be available. In recent years, NCGRCD germplasm has supported efforts in date palm genome sequencing and marker development, as well as other genetic-related research. Some results of these distributions will be summarized, and the current status, prospects, challenges, and services of the program described.