Australian Pastures Genebank
The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) manages the Australian Pastures Genebank (APG).
The APG is Australia’s first national pasture and forage genetic resource centre.
It will be custodian of more than 70,000 accessions of tropical and temperate pasture and forage genetic resources.
The APG is located at Adelaide’s Waite Campus research precinct.
Go for a video tour inside the Australian Pastures Genebank. Video courtesy of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).
Download the Australian Pastures Genebank Capabilities Statement ().
The APG mandate includes all pasture and forage species of actual or potential value to Australian agriculture.
This includes plants intended to be grown for:
- crop rotation
- the environment.
Objectives and mission
The APG will conserve, maintain and distribute plant genetic material in the form of seed and associated data of mandate pasture and forage species.
Mandate pasture and forage species will be:
The APG will operate under the framework of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
It will adhere to the rules and standards of its Multilateral System.
More specifically, the APG will make small quantities of mandated germplasm and related information available for food and agricultural:
- scientific research
- plant breeding
- genetic resource conservation or education.
To conserve the diversity of Australia’s current and prospective pasture and forage species for use nationally and internationally as the basis for enhanced agricultural productivity and environmental preservation now and forever.
As custodian of Australia’s collection of pasture and forage genetic resources the APG has the following national and international responsibilities:
- Operate under the framework of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
- Establish mandated germplasm collections to meet foreseeable national breeding requirements.
- Support the introduction, quarantine and biosecurity of mandated germplasm.
- Establish relationships with scientists working on mandated germplasm to facilitate a coordinated introduction and regeneration program.
- Keep interested scientists informed of new accessions to the collection.
- Ensure maximum usefulness of the centre.
- Manage and administer the mandated germplasm in accordance with international Genebank Standards for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, including ensuring material is duplicated off-site as a safety deposit.
- Provide online access to publicly available information of mandated germplasm.
The establishment and operation of the APG is supported by:
- The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI).
- Meat and Livestock Australia.
- Australian Wool Innovation.
- Grains Research and Development Corporation.
- Dairy Australia.
- Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.
- Department of Primary Industries New South Wales.
- Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Queensland.
- Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment Tasmania.
- Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture.
- Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Victoria.
- Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia.
- Seed Services Australia.
- Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
APG contact details
Mr Steve Hughes
Leader, Australian Pastures Genebank