2001: The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture is adopted by the United Nations. It acknowledges the need to establish a system for sharing genetic information among breeders, farmers and researchers.
2008: Genesys is created by Bioversity International, the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, and the Global Crop Diversity Trust.
2011: The first Genesys online portal is launched, including collections from three of the world’s largest genebank databases and networks: EURISCO, CGIAR and the NPGS. The genebank accessions in these collections alone constitute around a third of the worldwide total.
2012: A task force – later to become the Genesys Oversight Committee – recommends that the Crop Trust become the legal entity responsible for the development of Genesys.
2014: After a successful first three years, the Genesys portal is improved to allow for continuous updates from partner institutes.
2015 and beyond: Users and data providers continue to join the Genesys community, bringing more accession information to more people around the world.