The Australian Pastures Genebank – A short history and update of progress

Steve Hughes1, Rowan Smith2, Kendrick Cox3, Alan Humphries1, Daryl McClements4, Carol Harris5, Mary-Jane Rogers6

1 South Australian Research and Development Institute. Waite Campus, 2b Hartley Grove, Urrbrae SA, 5064, Australia. steve.hughes@sa.gov.au, alan.humphries@sa.gov.au

2 Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, University of Tasmania. Private Bag 1372, Launceston, TAS, 7250 Australia.. rowan.smith@utas.edu.au

3 Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, 28 Peters St, Mareeba Qld 4880, Australia. Kendrick.Cox@daf.qld.gov.au 4 4 Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia, Baron-Hay Court, South Perth, WA6155, Australia.

daryl.mcclements@agric.wa.gov.au

5 New South Wales Department of Primary Industries. 444 Strathbogie Road, Glen Innes, NSW, Australia.

carol.harris@dpi.nsw.gov.au

6 Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Ferguson Rd. Tatura Victoria 3616 Australia maryjane.rogers@ecodev.vic.gov.au

Abstract

The Australian Pastures Genebank (APG), Australia’s first national genebank housing pasture and forage genetic resources was officially launched in December in 2014 at the South Australian Research and Development Institute’s Waite Campus in Adelaide. Over the last two years, pasture and forage genetic resources from major temperate pasture and tropical forage genebanks around the country have been transferred to the national collection. More than 83,400 accessions, including approximately 75,000 unique accessions (found in no other genebanks) are now under one roof. An assessment of the collection’s health is underway along with the prioritisation of species and accessions for regeneration at four regeneration sites around Australia. A backup of accessions will be deposited into the Global Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway in February 2018. To date 3,489 accessions have been provided to 80 researchers representing 50 institutions in 25 countries with 70% of materials supporting Australian research and development.

Host

The Australian Society of Agronomy is the professional body for agronomists in Australia. It has approximately 500 active members drawn from government, universities, research organisations and the private sector.

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David Marland Photography david_marland@hotmail.com Southern Farming Systems Agriculture Victoria

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