This division is responsible for the evaluation and utilization of the amount of genetic variation in population or species through the following activities: collection of germplasm, characterization, evaluation and hybridisation to produce desirable materials.
The research areas are:
- Agro-morphology and molecular characterization and evaluation
- Pre-breeding (genetic enhancement) through minimal crossing performed on selected accessions based on the agro-morphological traits and molecular analysis.
- Development of core collection for effective distribution of the germplasm under conservation, using passport, agro-morphological and molecular data.