CATIE’s Germplasm Bank for Orthodox Seeds was started in 1976 in Turrialba, Costa Rica, in order to locate, collect, conserve and characterize germplasm from plants of priority interest for the wellbeing of mankind due to their attributes, as well as the provision of scientific knowledge for optimizing conservation.
The germplasm conserved in this bank, due to its genetic diversity, is used to develop biodiverse sustainable agriculture in the region that is competitive, with the aim of contributing to food security and combating rural poverty.
In this conservation effort, CATIE brings to the scientific community and the various productive sectors, the raw material for research and agricultural production, using different genera and species preserved in its cold chamber at -18° C.
Cucurbitaceae = 2783 accessions
Solanaceae = 2188 accessions
Fabaceae = 1646 accessions
Poaceae = 429 accessions
Amaranthaceae = 300 accessions
Other families = 14 accessions
Total accessions = 7,360
Alexánder Salas Sanabria
Head of Germplasm Bank for Orthodox Seeds
Commercial DivisionTel. (506) 2558-2120, 2556-5801