National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine

International Cooperation

International cooperation of the Plant Production Institute named after V.Ya. Yuriev of NAAS


Lines of the international cooperation of the Institute, integration into the global scientific space.

The Plant Production Institute named after V.Ya. Yuriev of NAAS cooperates with foreign research centers under long-term and short-term agreements on scientific cooperation in the following areas: plant genetic resources (exchange of gene pool specimens and joint programs for their investigation); joint selection and genetic programs to create plant varieties and hybrids; representation and exclusive rights to plant varieties of bred by the Institute; environmental trials of plant varieties and hybrids.

The Plant Production Institute named after V.Ya. Yuriev of NAAS is a member of world organizations. The Plant Genetic Resources System of Ukraine coordinated by the Plant Production Institute named after V.Ya. Yuriev is a member of the International Plant Genetic Resources System managed by the World Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources (ECPGR) (Bioversity International). The informational databases of the “Plant Gene Pool of Ukraine” system are included in the European Search Catalogue for Plant Genetic Resources (EURISCO), a European Internet Search Catalog, which opens new opportunities for international exchange of gene pool specimens and information about them. Acquirement of new accessions - sources of valuable economic traits by Ukraine accelerates breeding of domestic high-yielding, high-quality, competitive in the international market varieties of agricultural crops, making the breeding process more efficient; increases the level and efficiency of scientific, educational, industrial, environmental and other programs.

Passport databases of specimens of the National Gene Bank of Plants of Ukraine, which are included in the EURISCO, are monitored. Gene pool specimens are prepared for inclusion in the Artificially Expanded Genetic Information System (AEGIS). By participating in these projects, Ukrainian scientists gain access to foreign accessions of plant gene pool and information about them.

A researcher of the Institute represents Ukraine in the International Sunflower Association (ISA). Membership in the ISA boosts the international prestige of Ukrainian scientists-breeders and promotes Ukrainian products on the European market.

The Institute also participates in the International Wheat Improvement Network (IWIN) organized by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT, Mexico) (in spring wheat projects) and in the International Winter Wheat Improvement Program (IWWIP) organized jointly by the Government of Turkey, CIMMYT and the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA, Syria) (in winter  wheat projects).

Since 2019, a joint laboratory "Cooperation Agreement on International Joint Laboratory for Maize", which was established under an agreement between the Liaoning Academy of Agricultural Sciences (LAAS, China) and the Plant Production Institute named after V.Ya. Yuriev of NAAS (Ukraine), has been functioning (the laboratory was opened on November 5, 2019 in Shenyang and Kharkiv). The Laboratory evaluates corn lines and hybrids for different purposes for a set of valuable economic characteristics in different eco-zones.

Recognition of the Institute’s scientific achievements by the world scientific community.

The Institute's authority in the international arena is ensured by innovations and a highly qualified research team. The National Gene Bank of Plants of Ukraine created under the scientific and methodological guidance and coordination of the Plant Production Institute named after V.Ya. Yuriev of NAAS, according to FAO reports, is among the ten largest banks in the world in terms of volume and diversity ( Collections of triticale, barley, corn, millet, soybean, and sunflower are recognized by FAO as the most important in the world ( Cereal and legume seeds have been put to long-term storage in the Svalbard World Seed Repository (Norway) managed by the Global Crop Diversity Trust. The Institute's authority is confirmed by participation of scientists of the Institute in the ECPGR - Phase X: in working groups on wheat, barley, oat, and legumes (, in the IWWIP (, IWIN of the CIMMYT (, in an international network for testing wheat and legumes in arid zones of the ICARDA (Lebanon), and in the ISA; by maintenance of collections of cereals, legumes, millet, and sunflower with a total number of 4,385 specimens in the AEGIS (since 2010); by presentation of passport data on the gene pool specimens of the National Gene Bank of Plants of Ukraine in the EURISCO (; by international cooperation with national gene banks and leading breeding institutions of the world (agreements with institutions of Belarus, Moldova, Kazakhstan, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Canada, USA, Mexico, etc.).