CIAT is engaged in the improvement of two staple foods – cassava and common bean – together with tropical forages for livestock, on a global basis. We also develop rice for Latin America and the Caribbean. The products of this research include a wide array of improved germplasm, which we make available to partner organizations according to procedures described below, by crop.
Progress in CIAT’s crop research often depends on unique collections of plant genetic resources, which we hold in trust for humanity. Visit the website of our Genetic Resources Program to request materials from the CIAT genebank or for improved germplasm from CIAT’s crop programs, go to SMTA.
Whether requesting improved germplasm from CIAT’s crop programs or landrace and other materials from our genebank, you will need to provide a Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA), following this procedure:
- Download the SMTA from the website of CIAT’s Genetic Resources Program.
- Fill out the agreement and sign it.
- Scan the SMTA and attach it to your germplasm request.
If you are sending the request from a country other than Colombia (where CIAT is headquartered), you will also need to attach to your request a scanned import permit from your national phytosanitary agency.
For direct inquiries regarding requests for materials from our genebank, feel free to contact:
- Luis Guillermo Santos, beans and tropical forages (email@example.com)
- Ericson Aranzales, cassava (firstname.lastname@example.org)
To request improved cassava germplasm, send an email message to any of these CIAT scientists:
- Hernán Ceballos (email@example.com)
- Fernando Calle (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Nelson Morante (email@example.com)
Be sure to indicate in your message whether you wish to receive sexual seed or in vitro plantlets. Also, describe the objectives of your research and your specific germplasm requirements, so we can determine which materials should best meet your needs.
CIAT also provides planting stakes of improved cassava germplasm but only within Colombia and only for research purposes. We consider requests for planting stakes on a case-by-case basis, and our response depends on the availability of materials and on specific requirements established by the Colombian Agriculture and Livestock Institute (ICA).
You can expect to receive the germplasm shipment – including a phytosanitary certificate from ICA – within these estimated times:
- 45 days for in vitro plantlets
- 13 days for sexual seed
To request improved bean seed, send an email message to CIAT research assistant Miguel Grajales (firstname.lastname@example.org). Describe the objectives of your research and your specific germplasm requirements, so we can determine which materials should best meet your needs.
To request improved rice seed, send an email message to Edgar Torres (email@example.com), CIAT’s Rice Program leader. Indicate the purpose of your request together with the type and amount of seed you require.
Anyone with an interest in the rice sector may request seed. However, Colombian private companies requesting seed must have a phytosanitary unit approved by the Colombian Agriculture and Livestock Institute (ICA).
Requests for superior tropical forages germplasm are handled by CIAT’s Genetic Resources Program. Visit the Program’s website to make a germplasm request.