NGBT Plant Germplasm System Distribution Policy
Plant germplasm is distributed to scientists, educators, producers and other bona fide research and education entities from
NGBT Plant Germplasm System (NGBT) active
collection sites. The NGBT Curator and/or Research Leader will, in accordance with current NGBT policies and procedures,
determine the legitimacy of a request when necessary.
Distributions to fulfill requests for repatriation of subsamples of germplasm collections to a country or community of origin,
especially following natural or man-made catastrophes, are considered a high priority.
Although distributions for research, education, and repatriation are of the highest priority, the NGBT also encourages various
seed-saver organizations and public gardens to conduct germplasm conservation activities that engage many individuals and groups
throughout the country. Elements of the NGBT cooperate with seed-saver organizations and public gardens and may store germplasm for
and distribute germplasm to such organizations.
Accessions listed in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) database as “not available” due to insufficient or low
viability seed and/or scheduled for regeneration will generally not be available for distribution.
Other accessions are listed in GRIN as “not available” because they are not a part of the NGBT collection per se, but are conserved in NGBT
genebanks to meet specific needs as described later in the section entitled “Categories of Germplasm Distributed and Availability.”
In this category are certain accessions of improved germplasm that are only available from the owner/developer.
Other accessions require that specific conditions be met by the requestor before distribution is possible.
NGBT sites will not distribute germplasm internationally when they cannot comply with the importation or quarantine requirements
of the recipient country unless the requestor can provide a valid waiver of such requirements.