Plant genetic resources (PGR) play a key role in sustainable crop production.‎ The ingenious preservation and usage of PGR is extremely important for attaining food security and nutritional needs of current and subsequent generations.‎ The in situ conservation of majority of the accessions of various crops and their wild relatives is nonviable.‎ A feasible substitute to this problem is to preserve the seeds of the plants in genebank.‎ Keeping in the importance of the PGR, the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) established a genebank in its vicinity in 2000.‎ Efficient use of salt effected agriculture lands need PGR of salt tolerant species.‎ ICBA has been collecting and conserving seeds of proven or potentially salt tolerant plant species for research purpose at ICBA and other institutes with similar research interests.‎

Today the genebank is home to one of the world’s largest collections of germplasm of heat-, drought- and salt-tolerant plant species.‎ It stores over 14,524 accessions of around 270 plant species from more than 150 countries and territories.‎ There are also around 250 seed samples of 70 wild plant species from the UAE, the center’s host country.‎ We have distributed more than 8,500 seed samples to scientists, farmers and other stakeholders in 57 countries.‎

ICBA Genebank Accession ‪(Excel file)‬: DOWNLOAD

Guidelines for Seed Request to ICBA Genebank: DOWNLOAD

Salt and drought tolerant crops list: DOWNLOAD