PGRC is actively expanding the collection to include native plant species occurring across Canada. This initiative will preserve Canada's genetic diversity and forms part of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's commitment to conserving biodiversity.
Biotechnological procedures are used increasingly to analyze the genetic diversity of plants in the PGRC collection and to determine the natural genetic diversity within the gene pools of various species.
Research is being initiated to understand the pollination requirements of various plant species in the collection. This is done to enhance seed production, maintain genetic purity of accessions, and to assist plant development and conservation efforts.