The Federal ex situ Genebank for agricultural and horticultural crops of the IPK Gatersleben forms an essential component for the implementation of both national and international policy on conservation and and sustainable utilization of plant genetic resources.
The Genebank provides seeds, tubers and other plant material as well as correspondend information to its users.
The value of a given genetic resource is reflected by the ease of access and the availability of context specific information. The Genebank Information System (GBIS) maps all processes and documents information related to conservation management and the distribution of material. In addition GBIS represents and interface for exchange of data with national and international databases.