Genebanks Cultivated and wild plants

In Germany there are numerous genebanks in which the diversity of cultivated plants is preserved, from the seed sample to the entire plant. The following pages provide an overview of the German genebanks.


There are several genebanks in Germany, some of which were only founded in recent years. The genebanks listed below apply the material exchange standards of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture and provide material for research, breeding and training. All genebanks have information systems which are accessible online and in which the conditions for access to the material are presented in a transparent manner.

Federal Central Genebank for Agricultural and Horticultural Crop Plants

The Federal Central Genebank for Agricultural and Horticultural Crops is located at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) in Gatersleben. It conserves over 150,000 seed samples of nearly 3,000 different species.

German Genebank for Grapevine

The German Genebank for Grapevine has the goal of preserving the diversity of grape varieties in Germany in the long term. The focus of conservation is on German varieties and varieties with a socio-cultural, local or historical connection to Germany.

German Genebank for Fruit Crops

The German Genebank for Fruit Crops was founded to ensure the long-term and efficient conservation of fruit genetic resources in Germany and to ensure their availability for research and breeding as well as for fruit-growing and landscaping purposes.

German Genebank for Ornamentals

In 2009 the German Genebank for Ornamentals was founded to preserve the diversity of ornamental plant genetic resources and to enable their long-term use.

Genebank for crop wild relatives

The Genebank for crop wild relatives preserves the genetic diversity of 300 native wild plant species that are important for the breeding of our cultivated plant species.

Genebank for tobacco

NiCoTa GmbH maintains a tobacco collection of about 800 seed samples, located on the area of the “Landwirtschaftliches Technologiezentrum Augustenberg”.


Dr. Imke Thormann
+49 (0) 228  6845 - 3438
Email: Imke.Thormann(at)ble(dot)de

Sarah Sensen
+49 (0) 228  6845 - 3543
Email: Sarah.Sensen(at)ble(dot)de

Isabelle Winkler
+49 (0) 228  6845 - 2895
Email: Isabelle.Winkler(at)ble(dot)de

Federal Office for Agriculture
and Food
Unit 331
Deichmanns Aue 29
D-53179 Bonn