A registry of reference Brassica plant populations and other plant resources is being collated here.
- Mapping populations
- Diversity Fixed Foundation Sets
- TILLING populations
- Other mutant populations
- FPsc: Brassica rapa Fast Plants (self-compatible) - for teaching and research.
Ex situ genetic resources
- The pressure for more intensive agriculture has resulted in an overall reduction of the natural genetic diversity of crop plants, a process called 'genetic erosion'. In some cases to a significant loss in the adaptability and sustainability of crops, particularly in combating natural pests and diseases. Traditionally, most crops were based on local selections ('landraces') developed over generations in particular farming communities and locations.
- Characterising and using crop biodiversity is essential to provide the range of alternative crop varieties needed to meet the changing needs of the world. A large international effort over the past few decades has ensured (ex situ) conservation of many crop genetic resources. This has involved collecting traditional varieties and landraces from around the world, and in particular from centres of genetic diversity for specific crops.
- These resources are available to survey the extent and location of variation within the crop gene-pool, and underpin many aspects of crop improvement.
- European ECP/PGR Brassica Working Group
- ECP/GR Brassica Database at CGN
- The WHRI Genetic Resources Unit
- The US National Plant Germplasm System (GRIN)
- GRIN Crucifer Crop Germplasm Committee
- The North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station
- Brassica Descriptor list at GRIN
Wild germplasm and taxonomy
- Guide to the Wild Germplasm of Brassica and Allied Crops (tribe Brassiceae, Brassicaceae) 2nd Edition