The Maintenance of a Pea Gene Bank

Lead Research Organisation: John Innes Centre
Department Name: Contracts Office


This project contributes to the maintenance, characterisation, promotion and distribution of germplasm resources from the pea collection maintained at the John Innes Centre. It also promotes the utilisation of germplasm and associated data by researchers and breeders for the improvement of the crop and the further understanding of the diversity and genetic variability and patterns of diversity within Pisum. These activities directly address the policy objectives of trying to ensure that genetic resources are both conserved and made available for research while addressing the changing objectives of research and relevant industries (i) and to facilitate the characterisation and utilisation of genetic resources (ii) New material entering the collection will be multiplied and characterised, (iii) tailored demonstrations of germplasm of relevance to breeders and researchers will be grown at JIC each year. Data will be incorporated into relevant databases held on the collection, which will aid in future searching and screening exercises. Databases and web based resources will be enhanced. Safety duplicates of the collection will be addressed and key germplasm will be duplicated as a specific objective.
Description The collections have been promoted through publications, presentations, growing demonstrations and web searchable databases. • 567 enquiries from 30 countries (447 from researchers, 37 from breeders from 9 countries, 63 for education and demonstrations and 17 for advice) • 252 resulted in sending of germplasm • A total of 2547 accessions distributed Materials from the collection and cited in publications have been used in a wide range of fundamental research into developmental genetics in pea and been screened and evaluated by breeders with some used as parents in crossing programmes linked to crop improvement.
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink
Impact Types Cultural,Economic

Description Press Visit, popular science journalists and agricultural reporters visited the Germplasm Resource Unit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact As part of 'Pulse Research Update'  day in which press representatives visited the John Innes Centre and the Earlham Institute, the group of gournalists held a visit in the GRU facilities and learnt first handed about seed curation and the importance of collection preservation. The primary topic was our active pea collection but the journalists took a great interest in the other core germplasm collection as well.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018