Homepage of the Federal Information System Genetic Resources (BIG)

Data on national crop and wild plants available in different institutions are particularly requested by research and increasingly by the industry and public administration. Each individual databases focuses on specific information.

At present, the databases are not interconnected. The BIG System provides concrete information on plant genetic resources regarding:

  • taxonomy and systematics,
  • distribution and occurences (in situ and ex situ),
  • endangerment and conservation,
  • access and availability,
  • ingredience and characteristics.

Plant genetic resources for food and agriculture refer to any genetic material of plant origin of actual or potential value for food and agriculture. This includes cultivated and domesticated species as well as their varieties and populations and their crop wild relatives.

Four partner institutions and two partners currently joining BIG (BIG candidates) are involved in the BIG network and contribute their specific data stock BIG. The partners are the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE), the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), the Botanical Gardens of Ulm and Bochum. The formal membership process for the BIG candidates, the Federal Plant Variety Office (BSA) and the Julius Kühn Institute (JKI), is ongoing.

The central aim of further developing BIG is a common portal which provides data on occurrences, distribution (in situ and ex situ), characteristics as well as on endangerment and taxonomy by providing central access to the user-friendly databases of the associated partners.

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