Israel Plant Gene Bank
Agricultural Research Organization ARO
The Gene Bank has established and continues to develop cooperative relationships with gene banks in different countries, and with international institutions focused on biodiversity research and conservation, such as Bioversity international and the European Cooperative Programme for Crop Genetic Resources (ECPGR), a European program working on genetic resources of crops.
The Gene Bank has a cooperative agreement with the Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) at Kew Royal Botanical Gardens. The Israel Gene Bank provides seed samples and pressed plants to the MSB for backup storage. The seed sharing is based on a legal agreement and a cooperative partnership. In 2013, the MSB signed an agreement for joint funding to collect crop wild relatives of the major global food crop. In 2016, an agreement was signed to jointly fund the collection of plants for the C4 Project.