germplasm

noun
germ·​plasm | \ ˈjərm-ˌpla-zəm How to pronounce germplasm (audio) \
variants: or less commonly germ plasm

Definition of germplasm

1a : germ cells and their precursors serving as the bearers of heredity
b : the genetic material of germ cells : genes There is now a global effort to conserve the genetic material, or germplasm, of important crops.— Omar Sattaur The extraordinary precision and reliability of the replication of the germ plasm during each nuclear division …— Ernst Mayr
2 : plant or animal material (such as seeds, pollen, rootstock, or sperm) that is collected and stored chiefly for future use in breeding, conservation, or research The first U.S. facility for long-term preservation of crop germplasm, the National Seed Storage Laboratory at Fort Collins, CO, began storing collections of all major crops in 1958.— Nigel J. H. Smith Well-managed collections of germ plasm will give plant breeders a broader genetic base for producing new crops with greater resistance to pests, diseases and drought.— John P. Reganold et al.

Examples of germplasm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Semen samples were also taken from the bulls and sent to the germplasm bank in Colorado. Maureen O'hagan, Scientific American, "From Two Bulls, Nine Million Dairy Cows," 20 June 2019 Semen samples were also taken from the bulls and sent to the germplasm bank in Colorado. Maureen O'hagan, Scientific American, "From Two Bulls, Nine Million Dairy Cows," 20 June 2019 Semen samples were also taken from the bulls and sent to the germplasm bank in Colorado. Maureen O'hagan, Scientific American, "From Two Bulls, Nine Million Dairy Cows," 20 June 2019 Semen samples were also taken from the bulls and sent to the germplasm bank in Colorado. Maureen O'hagan, Scientific American, "From Two Bulls, Nine Million Dairy Cows," 20 June 2019 For decades, Driscoll’s has been working with the germplasm of the White Carolina, the oldest strawberry cultivar. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, "Rosé Berries Have Arrived," 11 Aug. 2019 Semen samples were also taken from the bulls and sent to the germplasm bank in Colorado. Maureen O'hagan, Scientific American, "From Two Bulls, Nine Million Dairy Cows," 20 June 2019 Phylos already has licensing agreements in place that give growers a lump sum up front for their germplasm; other agreements give growers a royalty every time one of their clones, which can be identified with their farm’s name on it, sells. Hannah Wallace, WIRED, "High Drama: A Cannabis Biotech Company Roils Small Growers," 24 July 2019 Semen samples were also taken from the bulls and sent to the germplasm bank in Colorado. Maureen O’hagan, Quartz, "The way we breed cows is setting them up for extinction," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of germplasm

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Germplasm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/germplasm. Accessed 28 Mar. 2020.

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germplasm

noun
germ·​plasm | \ ˈjərm-ˌpla-zəm How to pronounce germplasm (audio) \
variants: also germ plasm

Medical Definition of germplasm

1a : germ cells and their precursors serving as the bearers of heredity
b : the genetic material of germ cells : genes
2 : plant or animal material (as seeds, pollen, or sperm) that is collected and stored chiefly for future use in breeding, conservation, or research

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