About us

The production of Tropical Forages: An Interactive Selection Tool is a collaborative effort between CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Department of Primary Industries & Fisheries (Qld), Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).
A brief description of the project can be viewed in the Overview section and more information about the collaborators and donors can be found in the Acknowledgements section.


© 2005. All Rights Reserved.
ISBN 0 643 09231 5
Authors: Mr. Bruce Cook1, Dr. Bruce Pengelly2, Mr Stuart Brown2, Mr. John Donnelly2, Mr. David Eagles2, Mr. Arturo Franco3, Dr. Jean Hanson4, Dr. Brendan Mullen5, Mr. Ian Partridge1, Dr. Michael Peters3, Dr. Prof. Rainer Schultze-Kraft6
Published in June 2005 by CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems (CSIRO), Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F Queensland), Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT) and International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).
For bibliographic purposes this CD/Website should be cited as:
Cook, B.G., Pengelly, B.C., Brown, S.D., Donnelly, J.L., Eagles, D.A., Franco, M.A., Hanson, J., Mullen, B.F., Partridge, I.J., Peters, M. and Schultze-Kraft, R. 2005. Tropical Forages: an interactive selection tool., [CD-ROM], CSIRO, DPI&F(Qld), CIAT and ILRI, Brisbane, Australia.
We wish to gratefully acknowledge the generous funding of this project by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) through project AS2/2001/029. Other key funding was provided by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) and the Department for International Development (DFID).
For the online version go to the Internet site - http://www.tropicalforages.info
  1. Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Qld)
  2. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  3. Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT)
  4. International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
  5. University of Queensland, Australia
  6. University of Hohenheim, Germany

Contact information

For copies of this CD, or answers to queries contact:
"Tropical Forages: an interactive selection tool"
Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT)
Dr. Michael Peters
Tropical Grasses and Legumes
E-mail: m.peters-ciat@cgiar.org

Access to seed

ILRI and CIAT hold forage germplasm of approximately 1000 species in trust under the auspices of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for several purposes such as agronomy trials, plant breeding, soil conservation, nutritional research, botany, training, etc. CIAT and ILRI have worked closely over the past few years to make sure that their collections are botanically and ecologically complementary in order to serve better the international community of users of forage germplasm.
ILRI and CIAT will provide forage seeds where possible, in small experimental quantities of between 1 and 20 grams without charge from the germplasm collection under a material transfer agreement as part of their policy of maximizing the utilization of material for research, breeding and training. Larger quantities sufficient to sow up to one quarter of a hectare of a limited number of promising accessions will require that requesters cover the costs of production and shipping. Recipients are requested to supply ILRI or CIAT with relevant data and information collected during evaluation and utilization.
Contact for ILRI:
Dr. Jean Hanson
Project Leader, Forage Diversity
P.O. Box 5689
Addis Ababa
Email: j.hanson@cgiar.org
Fax: 00251 1 461252
Contact for CIAT:
Dr Ir Daniel G. Debouck
Head, Genetic Resources Unit
International Center for Tropical Agriculture
AA 6713, Cali, Colombia
US address: CIAT 7343 NW Terrace
Medley FL 33166
E-mail: d.debouck@cgiar.org
Fax: 57-2-4450073

Accession information

An accession number is given to an ecotype of a species when germplasm, and provenance information, of that ecotype is stored and maintained for the future, by genetic resource centres such as those at CIAT and ILRI. Each centre thus creates a catalogue of its collection with its own accession numbers. However, when germplasm is shared with, or distributed to other centres, the recipient institutions designate their own accession numbers to the material, thus creating the situation where any particular ecotype can have more than one accession number. For example, CIAT 621, a released ecotype of Andropogon gayanus is also known as ILRI 12465 and CPI 99640. Fortunately, major genetic resource centres frequently record these synonymous numbers in their databases. In the 'Promising accessions' category of the fact sheets, the synonyms are shown within brackets.
Thus, when requesting germplasm, where possible use the accession number of the supplier institution followed by any synonyms. Also, when choosing a possible supplier (usually CIAT or ILRI), consider the native habitat of the species. In general, choose CIAT for species from the Americas and ILRI for species from Africa and Asia.
Other global seed sources include the following Internet based contacts: