Genetic Resources Center

Biodiversity Research Unit

Analysis of evolution, domestication and biodiversity

  The objectives of the Biodiversity Research Unit are to analyze and use plant biodiversity produced by the processes of evolution and domestication. Our tasks also include collection and conservation of plant genetic diversity.
 At present, target plant species include Oryza sativa, Sorghum bicolor, Glycine max, Vigna angularis and other Vigna cultigens. Wild relatives of the target crop species are also being studied.

Diversity of rice grains

Diversity of sorghum spikelets

Diversity of azuki bean seeds resulting from domestication