Maize (Zea mays) plant is an annual monoecious grass, which means a separation of the sexes on the same plant. The male flowers in a terminal panicle called tassel and the female flowers in a spike on a modified lateral branch. The number of leaves, plant height, length of cobs and earliness to fruition and maturity, kernel color and grain yield varies a great deal in our germplasm.
The genebank has a total collection of 1561 accessions of maize germplasm from 22 Countries across the globe and these are readily available for distributions for food and agricultural researchers worldwide.
The genebank also collaborate very closely with the IITA maize breeders to get improved maize lines across to requestors.
The maize collection are been morphologically characterized using IBPGR maize descriptors.