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IBBR Bioresources / Collections

IBBR maintains several important in vivo and ex-situ research collections of hundreds of different organisms (crop species, crop wild relatives, forest and fruit trees, bacteria, fungi, nematoda, etc.) with the aim of studying and preserving their functional biodiversity, and assessing their response to biotic and abiotic environmental factors. IBBR collections are part of the national network of biological research collections "BioMemory" (CNR/DiSBA) and are being indexed to the European Research Infrastructure "DiSSCo" (Distributed System of Scientific Collections).

Herbaceous plants / Crop species

  • 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
  • Vitis spp.: 480 accessions
  • 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
  • Others: Capparis spp., 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 (⇒ CNR-IBBR-SUB)
  • More than 500 endophytic fungi from hop and saffron (⇒ CNR-IBBR-FABI), 200 lignicolous fungi.
  • Mediterranean Plant Endophyte and Pathogens Culture Collection (⇒ CNR-IBBR-MEPP)

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 Palermo: Mediterranean Plant Endophyte and Pathogens Culture Collection (MEPP). Culturable endophytic bacteria (mainly Pseudomonas, Erwinia Staphylococcus, Pantoea, Bacillus, Vibrio), actinomycetes (Streptomyces); some phytopathogenic filamentous fungi belonging to Botrytis, Neofabraea, Alternaria, Fusarium and Monilinia genera.
Contact: Davide Pacifico
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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 500+ 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 Sesto Fiorentino: about 1.700 DNA and tissue samples (kept at -20° C) of forest trees for population genetic analyses (DNAFOR).
Contact: Andrea Piotti, Ilaria Spanu, Camilla Avanzi
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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: Maria Stefania Grillo, Giorgia Batelli
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CNR-IBBR Naples: Collection of 85 strains of rhizobacteria promoting plant growth and bacteria degrading toxic pollutants (CNR-IBBR-SUB, LUCY dataset)
Contact: Carmen Bianco, Roberto Defez
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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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