Skip to main content

An agricultural heritage of cultivated plants and their wild relatives

Bioversity International is home to 3200 unique original field report documents. 

This collection is an invaluable history of plants that may have been lost from their fields and natural habitats, painstakingly recording information about more than 200,000 landrace and crop wild relative samples collected all over the world for almost forty years.

Not only are all these records now available online through the collecting mission file repository, but the passport data has also been extracted from all these documents and been made available online in the Collecting Missions Database.

You can search by species, country, collector’s name or mission title, and access directly the original field records plus other information such as where that sample is housed in genebanks worldwide. Other websites and applications can use and  integrate data from Bioversity’s collecting database through inbuilt web services and a Google map.

Read more about the history of collecting missions.

Go to the database

Thormann I, Reeves P, Thumm S, Reilley A, JMM Engels, Biradar CM, Lohwasser U, Börner A, Pillen K, Richards CM (2017) Changes in barley (Hordeum vulgare L. subsp. vulgare) genetic diversity and structure in Jordan over a period of 31 years. Plant Genetic Resources: Characterization and Utilization. DOI: 10.1017/S1479262117000028

Thormann I, Reeves P, Thumm S, Reilley A, JMM Engels, Biradar CM, Lohwasser U, Börner A, Pillen K, Richards CM (2016) Genotypic and phenotypic changes in wild barley (Hordeum vulgare subsp. spontaneum) during a period of climate change in Jordan. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution. DOI: 10.1007/s10722-016-0437-5

Thormann I, Fiorino E, Halewood M, Engels JMM (2015) Plant genetic resources collections and associated information as baseline resource for genetic diversity studies – an assessment of the IBPGR supported collections. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 62(8):1279-1293. DOI: 10.1007/s10722-015-0231-9

Thormann I, Gaisberger H, Mattei F, Snook L, Arnaud E (2012) Digitization and online availability of original collecting mission data to improve data quality and enhance the conservation and use of plant genetic resources. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution. 59(5):635-644. DOI 10.1007/s10722-012-9804-z