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MGD: Mediterranean Germplasm Database

The Mediterranean Germplasm Database is the reference database for the agro-food plant germplasm collection stored at the Istitute of Biosciences and Bioresources of Research Council (CNR), Bari, Italy.

The home page of the MGD web site

The home page of the MGD web site


The collection contains some 56000 accessions belonging to more than 100 genera and over 700 species. Over 13000 samples have been directly collected by exploration teams of the Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources, while others have been acquired from other Institutions through exchange activities. The plant germplasm collection was set up in 1970 when, following a proposal of Prof. G.T. Scarascia Mugnozza, CNR founded the "Germplasm Laboratory", now part of the Institute of Plant Genetics.

Aims and goals

The main objective of the collection is the safeguard of genetic resources of herbaceous plants interesting for Italian and Mediterranean agriculture. A particular attention is devoted to specific segments of plant genetic resources, such as crop landraces (including ’typical products’) or agro-ecotypes threaten with extinction, crop wild relatives, and plants potentially useful for the extraction of bioactive or technological compounds.

Contact information

Material Transfer Contacts

Web Site

More information at the official database web site:

Istituto di Bioscienze e Biorisorse (IBBR/CNR)
Via G. Amendola 165/A, I-70126 Bari (Italy)
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