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IPK Genebank - Satellite Collections North research group

The Satellite Collections North research group of the IPK Genebank at Malchow/Poel maintains the most comprehensive genebank collection of perennial ryegrass in Europe, consisting of more than 3000 accessions. This group has a long and comprehensive expertise in the collection, maintenance, phenotyping/characterization and evaluation of genetic resources of cultivated plants and their relatives (Nehrlich et al., 2013). Besides the classical genebank tasks, IPK is involved in ecogeographic studies in Lolium (Beierkuhnlein et al., 2011, Kreyling et al., 2012) and conducts molecular research on the taxonomy and genetic diversity of plant species (Seibt et al., 2012), among them Lolium (Nestmann et al., 2011).

IPK scientists will contribute high skills in plant genetic resource management and in grass phenotyping and will lead WP1. IPK will provide genebank facilities like greenhouses and trial fields for plant phenotyping on the individual plant or micro sward level. In addition, Lolium perenne populations of the in situ set will be cultivated and seeds harvested from them. The seeds of these 50 populations will be subjected to long term storage at -20°C at Malchow/Poel, as well as safety duplicated at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault (SGSV).

Besides plant genetic resource management, IPK has a long lasting expertise in generating and evaluating molecular data in grass genera like Poa and Lolium. Especially at its Gatersleben site, but also at the Gross Luesewitz site of the Satellite Collections North, a state-of-the-art equipment regarding molecular research is available, supplemented by a strong bioinformatics background. This infrastructure has successfully been utilised in a large number of research projects, the linking of molecular to phenotypic data being one of the topics focused upon.

IPK is a member both of the German (DPPN, and European Plant Phenotyping Network (EPPN, Thus at its Gatersleben site, a LemnaTec platform is available, on which several plant species have already been phenotyped (e.g. barley and maize of the Poaceae grass family). Here, the thorough phenotyping of perennial ryegrass individuals will be performed under controlled conditions.