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Plant Gene Resources of Canada

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Canada - Saskatchewan - Saskatoon

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About the Plant Gene Resources of Canada

Plant Gene Resources of Canada (PGRC) is Canada's national seed gene bank and is managed by Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. It has about 112,000 accessions which are available for use. Canada signed and ratified the FAO International Plant Treaty to facilitate use of the germplasm. Canada uses the SMTA of the Treaty in all its distributions. PGRC covers many of the important fuctions of gene banks including acquiring, maintaining, conserving, distributing, regenerating, characterizing, evaluating and documenting germplasm of plant species of importance to food and agriculture. PGRC also has a program to acquire and conserve native plant species existing within Canada.

Main Address:
Plant Gene Resources of Canada
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Saskatoon Research Centre, 107 Science Place
Saskatchewan S7N 0X2 Canada

Telephone: (306) 956-7641
Fax: (306) 956-7246
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr. Ken Richards, Research Manager
    Curator's Name: Dr. Axel Diederichsen, Curator
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Eugene Timmermans, Database Management
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number:
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number: 18
    Administration Staff Number: 1

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Gene/Seed Bank
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
  • Date founded: 1970
  • Physical Data
  • Latitude: 52.13396
    Longitude: -106.63505
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: Clonal Gene Bank, Harrow, Ontario Potato Repository, Fredericton, New Brunswick

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: No
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: No
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: No
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: No
  • Number of Visitors: 150

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 112000
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 988
  • Special Collections:A world collection with emphasis on agricultural crops. World class collections of barley, oat, flax, crucifers. Other collections at Harrow conserve tree fruit and small fruit germplasm (about 3500 accessions) while the Potato repository conserves heritage potato germplasm (about 135 accessions).

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Medicinal Plant Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: Yes
    Plant Breeding: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: Yes
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Yes
    Ecology: No
    Ecosystem Conservation: No
    Education: No
    Ethnobotany: No
    Exploration: Yes
    Floristics: No
    Horticulture: No
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: No
    Molecular Genetics: Yes
    Pollination Biology: Yes
    Restoration Ecology: No
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: No
    Sustainability: Yes
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: Yes
    Land Restoration: No
    Urban Environments: No

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: No
    Education Signs in Garden: No
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: No
    Courses for School Children: No
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes
    Courses for General Public: No
    Education Programme: No