The Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) generates and promotes new, appropriate and efficient technologies for the advancement of the Malaysian food industry, agro-based industries and agriculture. MARDI’s Genebank (MyGeneBankTM) in Serdang, Selangor and the National Rice Genebank in Seberang Perai, Pulau Pinang conserve together more than 16,000 plant accessions, where the main crop conserved is rice (about 13,020 accessions).
MARDI also holds an important ex situ collection of tropical fruits, such as durian, rambutan, mango, jackfruit, mangosteen, bananas, citrus, carambola, papaya, pineapple and zapota. MARDI characterizes and evaluates germplasm on a routinely basis. The information produced is managed in MARDI’s internal data management system (Seed Management Information System, SMIS), and published online in the Malaysian Agrobiodiversity Information System (AgrobIS).