Frequently Asked Questions about DivSeek

What is DivSeek?

DivSeek is a community driven effort that aims to use digital data to unlock the potential of crop diversity stored around the globe for food and nutritional security, and to work with other stakeholders to positively contribute to the societal and economic well being of individuals, communities and societies.


What is the mission of DivSeek?

The mission of DivSeek is to bridge the information requirements of gene bank curators, plant breeders, farmers and upstream biological researchers to facilitate the use of plant genetic variation for accelerated crop improvement, and ultimately, to enhance farmers' ability to provide food and agricultural products for a growing human population.


What are the goals of DivSeek?

DivSeek aims to collaboratively establish a world-wide community of practice that defines standards regarding the acquisition, storage, retrieval and analysis of genotypic, phenotypic and environmental data related to plant genetic resources.


How do I become a partner in DivSeek?

If your organization is interested in becoming a DivSeek Partner please download, fill in and return the membership application form to Current DivSeek partners are listed here


Is DivSeek a funding agency?

No, DivSeek is not a funding agency; it is a community driven initiative.


Is DivSeek sequencing genomes?

DivSeek is not sequencing genomes but many of the projects undertaken by DivSeek partner organizations are carrying out genotypic and phenotypic analysis. DivSeek provides a place for those projects and associated researchers to come together to exchange ideas and best practices, and to work towards synchronizing and reinforcing global efforts.


Does DIVSEEK ManAGE GERMPlasm Collections?

DivSeek does not manage any germplasm collections.


Does DIVSEEK Store Data?

DivSeek does not store data. All data generated by DivSeek partner organizations remains the property and responsibility of the data generator/producer. DivSeek does promote the submission of data to appropriate repositories where possible.


How does DivSeek interact with other initiatives that manage information about crop genetic diversity?

The DivSeek initiative aims to work with existing, emerging and future initiatives to ensure the development of a unified, coordinated and cohesive information management system(s) for crop germplasm.  DivSeek supports the use of Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for germplasm as promoted by the Global Information System of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.  DivSeek aims to bring projects, institutions and initiatives together to enable synergies and collaboratively establish a set of core standards and operating principles to facilitate data exchange, integration and interoperability for genotypic, phenotypic and environmental data associated with crop diversity.



DivSeek contributes to equitable benefit sharing by promoting access to information about PGRFA in a form that will help developing countries benefit from modern approaches to understanding and utilizing the genetic diversity of plants.


How does DivSeek interact with the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-Sharing (MLS) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture?

DivSeek is an independent body with no formal relationship with the MLS. DivSeek is supportive of the goals of the MLS and welcomes the active participation of the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture on all matters of mutual interest.  The Secretariat, similar to each individual DivSeek member organization, has its own mandate and workplan, and may seek to engage DivSeek and other DivSeek partners as appropriate, including for example via Working Groups, consultations, task teams etc.


What is the relationship of DivSeek with other conventions and multilateral frameworks?

Within the scope and mandate of the initiative, the DivSeek community actively monitors developments and opportunities arising in international fora, to ensure that is activities and initiatives align with international developments and norms of cooperation. Recognizing the value of open data approaches to advancing agricultural development, DivSeek has joined GODAN (http://www/