Bioversity Collecting Mission Database

Latest version published by Bioversity International on 04 December 2019 Bioversity International
Publication date:
04 December 2019
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Bioversity International
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Data as a DwC-A file download 158,252 records in English (14 MB) - Update frequency: as needed
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Access to original passport data of more than 220,000 crop landrace and wild relative samples collected around the world during Bioversity International supported missions. 27% of samples are crop wild relatives. About 150,000 samples are currently geo-referenced.

See http://bioversity.github.io/geosite/index.html

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 158,252 records.

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.


The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.

How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Gaisberger H., Thormann I., Matteis L., Arnaud E., 2013. Bioversity Collecting Mission Database online version. http://bioversity.github.io/geosite/index.html


Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is Bioversity International. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC-BY-NC 4.0) License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 33795d9d-3f94-4b0e-a2f6-d3a03cfce7aa.  Bioversity International publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Bioversity International.


Germplasm collecting missions; crop wild relatives; landraces; original passport data

External data

The resource data is also available in other formats

Biodiversity Collecting Mission Database (Fusion Table) https://fusiontables.google.com/DataSource?docid=1sfPdnErQ8ZubgZaHEa7FrYmsp63VELha6JERUj8#rows:id=1 UTF-8 Web page


Hannes Gaisberger
  • Author
  • Originator
GIS Specialist
Bioversity International
Via dei Tre Denari, 472/a
00054 Maccarese
Dag Endresen
  • Metadata Provider
GBIF Node Manager
GBIF Norway
Sars gate 1
0318 Oslo
Imke Thormann
  • Point Of Contact
Scientist, Plant Genetic Resources Conservation and Use
Bioversity International
Via dei Tre Denari, 472/a
00054 Maccarese

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1974-01-01 / 2012-12-31

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Thormann I., Gaisberger H., Mattei F., Snook L., Arnaud E. (2012). Digitization and online availability of original collecting mission data to improve data quality and enhance the conservation and use of plant genetic resources. Genet Resour Crop Evol 59:635–644. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10722-012-9804-z
  2. Thormann I., Fiorino E., Halewood M., Engels J.M.M. (2015). Plant genetic resources collections and associated information as baseline resource for genetic diversity studies – an assessment of the IBPGR supported collections. Genet Resour Crop Evol 62(8):1279–1293. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10722-015-0231-9

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