At the National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR), Pusa, New Delhi, Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare launched the world’s second-largest rebuilt state-of-the-art National Gene Bank. Agri-farmers would greatly benefit from the new gene bank, which would include cutting-edge germplasm storage facilities. The National Gene Bank (NGB) was founded in 1996 to preserve the seeds of Plant Genetic Resources in the form of seeds, genomic resources, pollen, and other forms for future generations. NGB has the capacity to store approximately one million seeds of germplasm. It currently protects 4.52 lakh accessions, 2.7 lakh of which are Indian germplasm and the rest acquired from other countries. To accommodate long-term and medium-term conservation, the NGB has four types of facilities: Seed Genebank (-18°C), Cryogenebank (-170°C to -196°C), In vitro Genebank (25°C), and Field Genebank.
The National Bureau for Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR) is India’s central organisation for the management of plant genetic resources. Under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, it is one of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)Institutes. Through its Delhi headquarters and ten regional stations across the country, NGPGR is addressing the need for in-situ and ex-situ germplasm conservation.
Source: Press Information bureau