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The Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit (PGRCU) exists to conserve plant genetic resources for users today and for future generations. The PGRCU is a cooperative effort supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (USDA, ARS) and the Southern State Agricultural Experiment Stations. Located on the Griffin Campus of the University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the PGRCU is one of four regional plant introduction stations and is also known as Multistate Research Project S-009. The PGRCU is charged with the responsibility to acquire, characterize, maintain, evaluate, document, and distribute genetic resources of agronomic and horticultural crops. Objectives include: