Information on the Handling Fee

The [link]handling fee contributes to the sustainability of the Federal ex situ Genebank and ensures high quality services and thus contributes to the conservation and utilitization of biodiversity for food and agriculture.

Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA)

You can download the [link]SMTA and the possibly needed additional [link]Agreement to the SMTA for viewing. The Agreements are contractually binding only in the English Version.

Genebank Information System and Ordering

The genebank information system (GBIS/I) offers the possibility to obtain Information about the material of the Federal central ex situ genebank collection by specifying scientific criteria. By creating a user account you also have Access to the ordering system. 


[link]Click here for ordering system»


General notes for orders

The genebank of the IPK Gatersleben is not a commercial supplier of seeds and plant material.

  • Only small quantities of seeds and plant material are provided, as it is usual in the exchange between genebanks and botanical gardens
  • The delivery is carried out for a handling fee for the distribution of the provided samples
  • Generally, a so-called material Transfer Agreement (SMTA) has to be completed between the Receiver and the IPK in material dispensing. Upon receipt of the signed SMTA, the ordered material is usually despatched within four weeks. For large orders, the processing may take longer. In this case the customer will be notified.


 Specific notes for orders from the potato collections

  • General information about the material delivery of the potato assortments of the IPK
  • For private requesters usually only tubers of the KKS collection are available (maximum of eight samples, each with three to five tubers), but not in vitro or cryoconserved material. For Details see our bulb list. The orders for this material can be placed via the das Genbank Information system.
  • Only healthy tuber on seed material is deliverd. During the field cultivation, we tolerate the occurence of latent viruses (PVS, partly PVX), which we should be considered when ordering tubers. In in vitro plants, we perform specific actions to virus elimination. In addition, the entire potato coleection is systematically being tested for quarantine diseases in collaboration with plant protection offices.