Genebank details

Wheat Genetics Resource Center

MISSION

The internationally-recognized Wheat Genetics Resource Center is located at Kansas State University, in the heart of the Great Plains of the United States, one of the greatest wheat-growing regions in the world. Germplasm and the scientific method of breeding provide the foundation for bountiful wheat harvests.

The WGRC has three main missions to assure future advances in wheat breeding:

  • collect, conserve, and utilize germplasm in crop improvement for sustainable production by broadening the crop genetic base,
  • create and promote the free exchange of materials, technology, and new knowledge in genetics and biotechnology among the world's public and private organizations, and
  • sponsor graduate and postgraduate students and visiting scientists for academic training and advanced research in the WGRC laboratories.

THE WGRC GENE BANK

The WGRC maintains a gene bank, along with evaluation and passport data, on ~2,800 wheat species accessions. In addition, the WGRC houses ~2,200 cytogenetic stocks, the genetic treasures produced by a lifetime of work by wheat scientists.

OUTREACH

The WGRC has established a national and international network to conduct and coordinate genetic studies in wheat. Genes for host-plant resistance to viral, bacterial, fungal, and insect pests and abiotic stresses are identified, transferred to agronomically useful breeding lines, and deployed. The genetic bases of physiological, quality, and yield traits are studied. Chromosome and genetic maps of wheat and other Triticeae genera are developed. Biotechnological research emphasizes diagnostic assays, gene cloning, and plant transformation.

State-of-the-art laboratories, greenhouses, and field plot facilities are available for teaching and research.

Institute code
USA1004
Type
Governmental
Accessions in Genesys
Location
Latitude
39.197444
Longitude
-96.584725
Most represented Crops
wheat
barley
Not specified
131
Most represented Crop names
wheat
3,636
barley
34
Not specified
131
Most represented Genera
Triticum
Aegilops
Dasypyrum
Hordeum
Amblyopyrum
Other
1
Most represented Species
Triticum monococcum
Triticum turgidum
Aegilops tauschii
Triticum timopheevii
Triticum urartu
Other
1,204
Last updates of passport data
6 January 2015
22 December 2014
23 July 2014
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
1000
750
500
250
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Passport Data Completeness Index (PDCI)
Average PDCI score for 3,801 accessions is 7.54, with minimum score of 4.30 and maximum score of 9.00.