Exploration Missions in field
Exploration and collecting of PGR are done by the Exploration Unit. The unit collects a broad range of genetic materials which includes
- Wild relatives
- Varieties of traditional agriculture. Including Land races, primitive covers, ,
- Products of scientific improvement programmes (products of plant Breeding programs) as an example ,modern cultivars and obsolete cultivars, advanced breeding lines,
Exploration unit collects genetic materials from various collection sources such as farm land/horm garden,farm stores, local market, wild and research institutes in Sri Lanka.Plant genetic resources has been collected since 1987. The first exploration trip was done in 1987 and more than 500 Exploration trips were done up to now.