VIR is a world-leading Russian research center focusing on the systematic collection, preservation, study and rational use of genetic resources of cultivated plants and their wild relatives. VIR maintains one of the largest and richest plant genebanks with over 320 thousands of accessions. VIR is the only PGR gene bank in Russia which serves as the base for all domestic breeding programmes. Besides the advanced modern cultivars, the VIR genebank is keeping seeds of ancient varieties, landraces and wild relatives. Many of them do not exist in their natural places anymore. Currently, one of the most important activities of the VIR genebank is the molecular screening of the germplasm on the DNA level searching for rare valuable alleles that could not be revealed by phenotype in the field.
Role within INCREASE
VIR will contribute to work package 3 by providing DNA samples from SSD material established for legume genetic resources, including herbarium collections, for genotyping. Furthermore, VIR will be involved in work package 2 and 6 by providing information of the genetic resources, testing and feedback of the developed web portal, development of data and germplasm management guidelines, and in the multiplication evaluation approach. VIR will also contribute to work package 7 for outreach activities, capacity building and training.