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The GRIN-Global Project

posted on 2024-02-09, 18:14 authored by GRIN-Global Project

GRIN-Global is an ongoing international collaborative project to develop shared and open-source applications that help manage plant germplasm collections. The software was jointly developed by the Agricultural Research Service of USDA, Global Crop Diversity Trust, and Bioversity International, with the first version released in December 2011. The ARS has used GRIN-Global to manage its plant germplasm collections, the U.S. National Plant Germplasm System, since November 2015. GRIN-Global is an extension of Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) information management system, which was first developed by ARS beginning in the mid-1980s.

GRIN-Global is comprised of a suite of computer applications that are used internally by genebank staff to curate collections, as well as a public website through which scientists can query the database and request samples of germplasm through a shopping cart process.

Resources in this dataset:



Bioversity International


Data contact name

Kinard, Gary

Data contact email



Intended use

To provide a scalable version of the Germplasm Resource Information Network (GRIN) suitable for use by any interested genebank in the world.

Temporal Extent Start Date



  • irregular


  • Not specified

Geographic Coverage


Geographic location - description


ISO Topic Category

  • biota
  • farming

Ag Data Commons Group

  • AgBioData

National Agricultural Library Thesaurus terms

germplasm; Germplasm Resources Information Network; plants (botany); microorganisms; invertebrates; cultivars; livestock; livestock and meat industry; genetic variation; gene banks; plant exchange; Food and Agriculture Organization; food security; genetic databases; plant genetic resources; Agricultural Research Service; computers; computer software; Internet

OMB Bureau Code

  • 005:18 - Agricultural Research Service

OMB Program Code

  • 005:040 - National Research

ARS National Program Number

  • 301

Primary article PubAg Handle

Pending citation

  • No

Public Access Level

  • Public

Preferred dataset citation

GRIN-Global Project (2018). The GRIN-Global Project. GRIN-Global.