COMAV's Genebank Additional Information

Genebank Staff:

Mª José Díez Niclós: Director. Database manager of European Cucurbits Database.

Jose Vicente Valcárcel Germes: Curator. Database manager of Cyphomandra and Physalis Databases. 

Eva María Solbes García: Registration of accession in the Genebank. Seed management and control of storage in cold chambers. Regeneration and characterization trials. Seed request service

María Ollero Vila: Images databases. Seeds management. Regeneration and characterization trials. Seed request service

José Torres Aliaga: Management of Passport, characterizacion and internal databases. Regeneration and characterization trials.

Enrique Muñoz Fernández: Regeneration and characterization trials.

Other activities 


The Genebank distributes seed samples to bona-fide researchers, breeders, educators, farmers, NGOs and other users. In the five-year period 2007-2012 there were delivered 1500 per year of a total of 350 requests. Samples between 25 to 50 seeds are distributed.

Seed requests should be addressed to María José Díez, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Safety duplications of approximately 80% of the collection are maintained at the Centro Nacional de Recursos Fitogenéticos (CRF, ESP004), Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, and in the Vegetables Genebank of Zaragoza (BGHZ, ESP027).


Core collections have been constructed forCucurbita pepo and Solanum lycopersicum. Passport and characterization data of the accessions included in the core collection of C. pepo, can be consulted in the European Central Cucurbits Database Website( Data about the core collection of Solanum lycopersicon are published in the following reference:

M.J. Díez; Valcárcel, Nuez, F. 2008. Colección nuclear preliminar de tomate del Banco de Germoplasma del Instituto de Conservación y Mejora de la Agrodiversidad Valenciana (COMAV). Acta Horticulturae 54: 503-504.

Pepper and eggplant core collections are currently under construction. 


The COMAV's Genebank, coordinates the activities of regeneration and primary characterization of much of the germplasm collections of horticultural species in Spain through a coordinated project funded by INIA, involving more than 10 institutions involved in the maintenance and use of germplasm.

The COMAV also participates in the European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources (ECPGR), leading the Cucurbits Working Group ( and being representative of Spain in the Solanaceae Working Groups( solanaceae/solanaceae.htm) and the Leafy Vegetables Working Group(


In order to make known and promote the utilization of the stored materials, a series of catalogs have been edited. Passport and primary characterization data are included on them. These catalogs are available for tomato, pepper, eggplant, melon, watermelon, squash, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli, lettuce, onion and minor vegetables.

The Genebank of the COMAV belongs to the Polytechnic University of Valencia. This creates an appropriated environment to develop educational activities. Guided visits to the Genebank are included among the practical sessions of different subjects, such as Plant Genetic Resources and Plant Breeding in Agronomist, Biotecnology degree courses and some Masters. Additionally, the Genebank accept students and technicians for training on conservation and use of genetic resources. Advice and guidance to farmers to perform easy selection programms on traditional varieties is also offered. Contacts with organic farmers interested in the cultivation of landraces and traditional varieties are frequent.