​The ARC-TSC is the custodian of a range of genebanks comprising several thousand accessions across its research stations which are situated in a variety of agri-ecozones. The genebanks house accessions of avocado, banana, citrus, coffee, granadilla, guava, litchi, longan, macadamia, mango, papaya, pecan, pineapple, exotic fruits, indigenous plants and fruits and various herbs and spices. New accessions are regularly added and characterised thus contributing towards genetic resource conservation, increasing genetic diversity for breeding new, improved cultivars as well as for the identification of tolerance to biotic and abiotic stressors, many of which are associated with climate change. The germplasm accessions are used in many of the breeding programmes for the development of new cultivars with improved horticultural traits.

Contact Percy Moila at Email: infoitsc@arc.agric.za

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​Mango and litchi gerplasm accessions con​served in pots
at ARC-TSC Genebank nursery.​
​Rosemary (Salvia rosmarinus) within herbs and spices garden at ARC-TSC Nelspruit Research farm​.​Coffee (Coffea sp.) genebank nursery at ARC-TSC Nelspruit Research farm. Various coffee germplasm accessions conserved in pots where they are characterized and evaluated.
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​ ​Pecan nuts (Carya illinoinensis) field genebank at
ARC-TSC Nelspruit research farm.
Coffee (Coffea sp.) Field genebank at ARC-TSC Burgershall Research farm.​ ​
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​Avocado (Persea americana) Field genebank at ARC-TSC Nelspruit Research farm. Avocado germplasm accessions are characterized, evaluated and used further for crop improvement. ​
Banana (Musa sp.) Field genebank at ARC-TSC Buergershall.
Various banana germplasm accession used
​for germplasm improvement​​ ​

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