National Plant Germplasm System - USDA-ARS-NGRL

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United States of America - Maryland - Beltsville

Institution Code: ARS

International Agenda Registration: No

BGCI Member: No

About the National Plant Germplasm System - USDA-ARS-NGRL

In 1990, the U.S. Congress authorized establishment of a National Genetic Resources Program (NGRP). It is the NGRP's responsibility to: acquire, characterize, preserve, document, and distribute to scientists, germplasm of all lifeforms important for food and agricultural production.

The Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) web server provides germplasm information about plants, animals, microbes and invertebrates. This program is within the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service.

The National Genetic Resources Advisory Council (NGRAC) advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary and Director of the NGRP. The NGRAC responds to the important issues of the nation in respect to conserving and utilizing genetic resources for food and agriculture. To view information on NGRAC, the minutes of its meetings, and recommendations from NGRAC, go to the NGRAC Home Page:

For more information about NPGS, visit:

To request NPGS germplasm for research, visit:

Main Address:
National Plant Germplasm System - USDA-ARS-NGRL
BARC-West, Rm. 312, Bldg. 003
10300 Baltimore Avenue
Maryland 20705 United States of America

Telephone: (301) 504-5421
Fax: (301) 504-6305
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Gary Kinard, Research Leader
    Curator's Name: Karen Williams, NPGS Botanist
    Plant Records Officer's Name:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Network
  • Physical Data
  • Latitude: 39.0241330
    Longitude: -76.9231490
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Yes
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 570803
  • Special Collections:Summary of the holdings at each location as of 19-Sep-2010.

    Arctic and Subarctic Plant Gene Bank 1392
    C.M. Rick Tomato Genetics Resource Center 3491
    Clover collection 241
    Cotton Collection 9337
    Desert Legume Program 2597
    Forest Service National Seed Lab 1167
    Maize Genetic Stock Center 7510
    National Arboretum 3550
    National Arid Land Plant Genetic Resources Unit 1329
    National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation 18946
    National Germplasm Resources Laboratory 39
    National Small Grains Collection 136461
    Natl. Germplasm Repository - Brownwood 3898
    Natl. Germplasm Repository - Corvallis 13783
    Natl. Germplasm Repository - Davis 7010
    Natl. Germplasm Repository - Geneva 8208
    Natl. Germplasm Repository - Hilo 907
    Natl. Germplasm Repository - Mayaguez 977
    Natl. Germplasm Repository - Miami 4813
    Natl. Germplasm Repository - Riverside 1763
    Nicotiana Collection 2135
    North Central Regional PI Station 52341
    Northeast Regional PI Station 12477
    Ornamental Plant Germplasm Center 3153
    Pea Genetic Stock Collection 711
    Plant Germplasm Quarantine Program 1627
    Potato Germplasm Introduction Station 5679
    Rice Genetic Stock Center 33339
    Southern Regional PI Station 90886
    Soybean Collection 21138
    Western Regional PI Station 85940
    Total accessions: 536845

Conservation Programmes

  • Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Exploration: Yes
    Systematics and Taxonomy: Yes
    Agriculture: Yes

Education Programmes