By conserving precious plant genetic resources, genebanks play a crucial role in crop improvement and biodiversity conservation, supporting resilient and nutritious food systems.
Genebanks are technical facilities, where plants (either as seeds, or as plantlets in test tubes) are catalogued, conserved for the long term, and made available to scientists for breeding more nutritious, productive, and resilient varieties.
The Alliance is home to two genebanks: one in Leuven, Belgium, and one in Palmira, Colombia. They safeguard unique global plant genetic resources and hold the world’s largest collections of banana, beans, cassava, and tropical forages.
Through these state-of-the-art facilities, our team is using science to preserve the world’s biodiversity and ensure food safety for all.
Future Seeds: Alliance Genebanks 2.0
Based on our Palmira campus, Future Seeds is a global innovation hub for the conservation and use of crop diversity set to become a driving force for innovation in agriculture.
Through genomics, digital phenotyping, and information technologies, with Future Seeds, we are building a ‘knowledge bank’, enabling the data-driven deployment of crop diversity.
Alliance Genebanks and CGIAR
Our two genebanks interconnect and integrate with the CGIAR Genebank Platform, the largest and most frequently accessed network of genebanks in the world, comprising 11 CGIAR genebanks.