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Genetic Resources Unit Conservation and Storage

  Cold storage      Seed weighing     Foil packaging      Seed germination         


Seed collections are stored under Bioversity International/ Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) recommended conditions (5% mc & -200C) hermetically sealed in foil-laminate pouches.

Packaged seeds are monitored periodically for viability following International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) guidelines.

A seed population, either on receipt or in base storage, which fails predetermined standards for seed weight or viability is scheduled for regeneration.

Out-pollinating vegetables are isolated from similar taxa in insect-proof compartments to prevent contamination. Pollination is carried out by flies.


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