PLANTA RES is a national network financed by the Italian Ministry for agriculture and consisting of several participants including all the local research units of CRA (National council for agricultural research). The database of Planta Res currently includes 241 genera and about 861 species, for a total of 48.987 accessions.
Work of the network includes collecting samples of genetic resources, defining a system of unique descriptors for the material and cataloguing them. Such accessions are then placed in the MLS of the International Treaty and exchanged by using the sMTA. CRA (in its capacity as breeder) is a member of ASSOSEMENTI (the Italian seed association). Exchanges and cooperation between seed companies and the research units of CRA are common practice.
Contact person: Dr. F. Roberto De Salvador firstname.lastname@example.org