Royal Bhutan Gene Bank

Established as a facility for the conservation of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA), the Royal Gene Bank, the first of its kind in the country, was founded in 2005 with support from the Government of Netherlands and the Royal Government of Bhutan.

The Royal Gene Bank strives to preserve components of biological diversity outside their natural habitats with primary functions that include documentation of plant genetic resources (PGR), implementation of on-farm conservation and sustainable use of PGR, a national repository base for plant germplasm.

With 79% of Bhutan’s population dependent on agriculture and livestock for their livelihoods, the agricultural biodiversity is referred to as ‘the backbone’ of the country’s economy.