World's 2nd-largest refurbished National Gene Bank

  • Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar recently inaugurated the world's second-largest refurbished National Gene Bank at the National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, Pusa in New Delhi.
  • The Gene Bank was established in 1996 to preserve the seeds of Plant Genetic Resources for future generations.
  • It has the capacity to preserve about ten lakh germplasm in the form of seeds.
  • Presently, it is protecting four lakh 52 thousand accessions, of which over two lakh are Indian germplasm.