Genebank capacity building peer visits

A genebank "peer review" proof of concept was endorsed at the workshop "Assessing current practices and procedures to strengthen AEGIS" held 10-12 December 2018 in San Fernando de Henares, Madrid, Spain.

The concept consists of visiting and reviewing each other’s genebanks as a way of improving the quality of genebanks. After each visit, a report is written with observations and recommendations.


GenRes Bridge Cycle

The first cycle of mutual visits involving three genebanks took place in early 2019 within the framework of the GenRes Bridge project.

The resulting reports are available below:

General report from reviewers (Theo van Hintum, María José Díez, José Vicente Valcárcel and Wieslaw Podyma)
Pilot: Genebank Peer Reviews – Observations and conclusions based on one cycle of three genebank peer reviews (331,7 KB)

Individual genebank reports

Report of the Peer Review of the COMAV Genebank (7-8 February 2019, Valencia, Spain) (332,0 KB)

Report of the Peer Review of the CGN Genebank (6-8 March 2019, Wageningen, The Netherlands) (332,5 KB)

Report of the Peer Review of the IHAR-PIB Genebank (16-17 April 2019, Radzików, Poland) (338,0 KB)

See also the news issued by the GenRes Bridge project: European genebanks start to review each other



Additional mutual visits are taking place under the framework of the AGENT - Activated GEnebank NeTwork project. The following genebanks have been involved so far:

  • Centre for Genetic Resources (CGN), the Netherlands
  • Crop Research Institute (CRI), Czech Republic
  • Institute of Plant Genetic Resources (IPGR), Sadovo, Bulgaria
  • Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Germany
  • Millennium Seed Bank, Ardingly, UK
  • National Agricultural and Food Centre (NPPC), Slovakia
  • National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA), Spain
  • Nordic Genetic Resource Center (NordGen), Alnarp, Sweden

Individual genebank reports

1st Cycle - 2022

2nd Cycle - 2022

3rd Cycle - 2023


A fourth cycle of visits is planned for 2024.



The GenRes Bridge project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 817580
The AGENT project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 862613.