Plant Genetic Resources
The Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) offers specialized Divisions of Interest, giving members the opportunity to develop focused peer networks and information resources. Divisions may host listservs, web pages and newsletters. Through the Divisions, members present papers at the Annual Meetings, participate in business meetings, elections, and serve on committees and in leadership positions. CSSA members may belong any CSSA Division in which they have an interest.
CSSA Division C08 focuses on programs featuring plant genetic resources. Topics covered include: conservation, use, distribution, accessibility, documentation, ownership, intellectual property rights, genotyping, phenotyping and gene mining. An important objective of Division C08 is to support the communities engaged in conserving and managing crop and crop wild relative germplasm as well as the communities engaged in utilizing these valuable resources for breeding, genetics, and other research objectives.
As of January 2018, the USDA-ARS National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) is conserving over 584,000 accessions of more than 15,720 species in genebanks in the United States. Accession records, evaluation and characterization data and images are managed by the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Global). Germplasm can be requested through GRIN-Global https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/search.aspx