Mission, Vision & Values


The mission of DivSeek Intl is to enable breeders and researchers

to mobilize a vast range of plant genetic variation to accelerate the rate of crop improvement and furnish food and agricultural products to the growing human population.


DivSeek Intl is a community driven not-for-profit organization consisting of a diverse set of member organizations that have voluntarily come together to unlock the potential of crop diversity so that it can be utilized to enhance the productivity, sustainability and resilience of crops and agricultural systems.

DivSeek Intl will work with members and other researchers and organizations to develop and share methodologies, open-source software tools, and best practices to facilitate the generation, integration, and sharing of data and information related to plant genetic resources (PGR). By creating a community of practice and making it possible to track and share information about PGR, DivSeek Intl aims to empower gene bank managers, breeders, researchers and farmers to better characterize, disseminate and utilize plant genetic variation for accelerated crop improvement, strategic research, and sustainable production of food and agricultural products around the world.

To help achieve its mission DivSeek Intl has established a number of Working Groups to actively engage members and assist them in addressing issues of importance to the DivSeek Intl Community. The DivSeek Intl Working Groups are proposed and established by DivSeek Intl members and function as the key mechanism for DivSeek Intl to advance its goals.

DivSeek Intl will focus a powerful beam of light into the depths of gene pools essential for human survival.

— Susan McCouch