Genebank details

Margot Forde Forage Germplasm Centre, AgResearch Ltd

The Margot Forde Germplasm Centre (MFGC) is the national forage genebank of New Zealand, and is currently headquartered in the north and south of the country at Palmerston North and Lincoln.

The MFGC was named after well-known collector and curator Margot Forde in 1992. It currently houses more than 160,000 temperate forage accessions belonging to around 2,500 species (a large portion of these are breeders’ lines).

Data on over 3,600 temperate forage accessions is currently available in Genesys. This represents two major forage species, Lolium perenne and Trifolium repens, as well as Trifolium occidentale, a proposed ancestor of Trifolium repens (Williams et al., 2012).

Accessions of these species have been collected by staff from the MFGC and related organisations during the past 80 years.

Institute code
Accessions in Genesys
Most represented Crop names
white clover
perennial ryegrass
red clover
Most represented Genera
Most represented Species
Trifolium repens
Lolium perenne
Trifolium pratense
Trifolium occidentale
Last updates of passport data
5 April 2022
11 June 2021
Passport Data Completeness Index (PDCI)
Genesys uses the PDCI as an indicator of the completeness of published passport data. The PDCI uses the presence or absence of data points in the documentation of a genebank accession, taking into account the presence or value of other data points (van Hintum et al. 2011). For example, a wild accession should have a well-defined collection site but no variety name. The PDCI ranges from 0 to 10, where 0 is the minimum score assigned to rather incomplete passport records and 10 is the maximum score assigned to very complete passport records. Any type of accession, wild, landrace, breeding material or modern variety, can attain the PDCI’s maximal score.
Number of passport records
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Passport Data Completeness Index (PDCI)
Average PDCI score for 4,522 accessions is 7.93, with minimum score of 4.65 and maximum score of 8.60.