• May 24, 2023
    GRIN-U: free online content for genebank staff and educators

      In a field that’s as highly specialized as agricultural genebanking, transferring knowledge from one generation to the next can be a challenge. GRIN-U ( is an online learning platform that seeks to address this challenge by providing free learning content for genebank staff around the world. Sustaining a global network of genebanks that conserve […]

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  • April 20, 2023
    The DivSeek Oceania Hub: Harnessing Biodiversity Resources across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific

    Representatives of the DivSeek Regional Hub for Australasia recently convened at the University of Queensland to discuss the scope, use, and accessibility of plant biodiversity resources across Oceania. Bringing together experts from various disciplines, the meeting facilitated conversations about how to best maintain plant genetic resources that are comprehensive, traceable, and accessible to research. This […]

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  • March 19, 2023
    GeneSys: a gateway into the world’s gene banks

          “Databases, databases, and more databases.” These are the words Matija Obreza uses to describe the digital landscape that crop scientists enter when faced with the challenge of locating data and germplasm for their next project. Obreza is head of genebank information systems at the Crop Trust, the only organization whose sole mission […]

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  • March 5, 2023
    Illumina accepted as first partner organisation of DivSeek International Network

    Illumina, an American biotechnology company known best for producing genomic sequencing technology, has just become the first official partner organisation of DivSeek International Network. Illumina technology has many applications across the life sciences. In recent decades, their integrated and desktop sequencing systems have become indispensable in the study of plant genetic resources (PGR), particularly in […]

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  • February 28, 2023
    Here’s how pangenomics can help fast-track crop improvement

      Recent advances in genomics technologies are providing plant breeders with new tools to improve crop yield, quality, and disease resistance. Two approaches that have been gaining increased attention in recent years are pangenomics and haplotype catalogue (HapCat) analyses. These analytic methods are the primary focus of DivSeek’s Chickpea PanGenome & HapCat Hub, which is […]

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  • February 20, 2023
    DivSeek in San Diego – highlights from our AGM and PAG 30 workshops

    On January 12, 2023, DivSeek International Network held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in San Diego. After two years of COVID disruption, the meeting was an opportunity for members of the DivSeek community to meet face-to-face. During the meeting, Executive Director Graham King presented on the progress made over the past year – such as […]

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