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IBBR Bioresources / Collections

Herbaceous plants

  • Mediterranean Germplasm Seed Bank:
    882 species/59.000 accessions, of herbaceous species of agricultural interest, wild relatives, rare/endangered ecotypes, including about 39.000 Poaceae accessions
  • Cynara cardunculus: 50 varieties and a mapped F1 population
  • Medicago truncatula: 2.000 transposon-tagged lines and 2.300 EMS lines
  • Solanum: 200 accessions from 40 species, 70 accession of traditional Italian tomato varieties;
  • Aster: 30 species;
  • Capsicum: 20 accessions;


  • Citrus
    and relatives: 220 accessions;
  • Olea: more than 800 accessions, including worldwide and local ancient varieties, controlled crosses;
  • Vitis: 480 accessions;
  • Others: Capparis spp., Zelkova sicula, Calendula maritima


  • Caenorhabditis elegans: more than 3000 transgenic and mutant strains

Bacteria and Fungi

  • Bacterial strains from rice rhizosphere, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)-degrading bacteria from polluted areas
  • 600 endophytic fungi from hop and saffron, 200 lignicolous fungi.

From the Extremes: samples and organisms

  • More than 100 Arctic and Antarctic Marine bacteria, invertebrates, fish tissue and blood, and ice, water, sediment samples

Details & Contacts

CNR-IBBR Bari: Seed bank of 882 species/59.000 accessions, mostly of agricultural interests, aimed at long-term conservation of genetic resources of wildtypes, rare/endangered ecotypes, or specific genotypes for the extraction of bioactive compounds.
Contact: Gaetano Laghetti
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CNR-IBBR Bari: Field collection of 50 varieties and a mapped F1 population of artichoke (Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus), aimed at the study and extraction of nutraceutic compounds with favourable features for human health.
Contact: Gabriella Sonnante
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CNR-IBBR Palermo: Field collection of germplasm from several Mediterranean tree species (Citrus and relatives: 220 accessions; natural and cultured Olea: 200 accessions; Vitis: 480 accessions; Others: several fruit trees, several populations from crossing and hybridization, genotypes of endangered species such as Capparis spp., Zelkova sicula, Calendula maritima).
Contact: Francesco Carimi
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CNR-IBBR Perugia: Collection of Medicago truncatula (2.000 lines transposon-tagged and 2.300 lines EMS).
Contact: Ornella Calderini
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CNR-IBBR Perugia: Field collection of Olea (400 varieties worldwide, 180 genotypes from controlled crosses, 70 ancient local varieties).
Contact: Luciana Baldoni, Roberto Mariotti, Soraya Mousavi

CNR-IBBR Perugia: Collection of 600 endophytic fungi from hop and saffron and 200 lignicolous fungi kept in PDB-glycerol a -80°C.
Contact: Claudia Riccioni, Andrea Rubini, Beatrice Belfiori
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CNR-IBBR Portici: Collection of herbaceous species (Solanum: 200 accessions from 40 species; Aster: 30 species; Capsicum: 20 accessions; Arabidopsis: 100 mutant lines). Collection of traditional Italian varieties of Solanum lycopersicum (70 accessions).
Contact: Stefania Grillo
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CNR-IBBR Naples: Frozen collection of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans (>3000 transgenic and mutant strains), kept in triplicate at -80° C and L.N.
Contact: Elia Di Schiavi
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CNR-IBBR Naples: Collection of polar fish tissues and blood (frozen at -80 °C), marine bacterial strains and invertebrates (frozen at - 80 °C), ice, water and sediment samples (frozen at - 20 °C). Collections from Southern (Antarctica) and Arctic Oceans.
Contact: Cinzia Verde, Daniela Giordano

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