The Passport Data Descriptor provides a detailed description of returned parameters from Passport Data API compliant to the MCPD v2.0 standard.
This page enlists all parameters and corresponding descriptions present in the Passport Data API. A complete list is available via
FAO WIEWS code of the institute where the accession is maintained. The codes consist of the 3-letter ISO 3166 country code of the country where the institute is located plus a number (e.g. COL001). The current set of institute codes is available from http://apps3.fao.org/wiews/wiews.jsp. For those institutes not yet having an FAO Code, or for those with "obsolete" codes, see "Common formatting rules (v)".
This is the unique identifier for accessions within a genebank, and is assigned when a sample is entered into the genebank collection (e.g. "PI 113869").
||Internal Accession Number
IPK internal accession number (does not following the MCPD v2.0 standard).
Three characters followed by a number, separated by an space. Characters identify the genus, number uniquely identifies the accession.
Example: HOR 12152 for a certain barley accession.
Original identifier assigned by the collector(s) of the sample, normally composed of the name or initials of the collector(s)followed by a number (e.g. "FM9909"). This identifier is essential for identifying duplicates held in different collections.
FAO WIEWS code of the institute collecting the sample. If the holding institute has collected the material, the collecting institute code (COLLCODE) should be the same as the holding institute code (INSTCODE). Follows INSTCODE standard. Multiple values are separated by a semicolon without space.
||Collecting mission identifier
Identifier of the collecting mission used by the Collecting Institute (4 or 4.1) (e.g. "CIATFOR-052", "CN426").
Genus name for taxon. Initial uppercase letter required.
Specific epithet portion of the scientific name in lowercase letters. Only the following abbreviation is allowed: "sp."
Provide the authority for the species name.
Subtaxon can be used to store any additional taxonomic identifier. The following abbreviations are allowed: "subsp." (for subspecies); "convar." (for convariety); "var." (for variety); "f." (for form); "Group" (for "cultivar group").
Provide the subtaxon authority at the most detailed taxonomic level.
||Common crop name
Common name of the crop. Example: "malting barley", "macadamia", "mais".
Either a registered or other designation given to the material received, other than the donor's accession number (23) or collecting number (3). First letter uppercase. Multiple names are separated by a semicolon without space. Example: Accession name: Bogatyr;Symphony;Emma.
||Acquisition date [YYYYMMDD]
Date on which the accession entered the collection where YYYY is the year, MM is the month and DD is the day. Missing data (MM or DD) should be indicated with hyphens.
||Country of origin
3-letter ISO 3166-1 code of the country in which the sample was originally collected (e.g. landrace, crop wild relative, farmers variety), bred or selected (breeding lines, GMOs, segregating populations, hybrids, modern cultivars, etc.).
||Location of collecting site
Location information below the country level that describes where the accession was collected, preferable in English. This might include the distance in kilometres and direction from the nearest town, village or map grid reference point, (e.g. 7 km south of Curitiba in the state of Parana).
||Latitude of collecting site (Degrees, Minutes, Seconds format)
Degrees (2 digits) minutes (2 digits), and seconds (2 digits) followed by N (North) or S (South) (e.g. 103020S). Every missing digit (minutes or seconds) should be indicated with a hyphen. Leading zeros are required (e.g. 10----S; 011530N; 4531--S).
||Longitude of collecting site (Degrees, Minutes, Seconds format)
Degrees (3 digits), minutes (2 digits), and seconds (2 digits) followed by E (East) or W (West) (e.g. 0762510W). Every missing digit (minutes or seconds) should be indicated with a hyphen. Leading zeros are required (e.g. 076----W).
||Elevation of collecting site [masl]
Elevation of collecting site expressed in metres above sea level. Negative values are allowed.
||Collecting date of sample [YYYYMMDD]
Collecting date of the sample, where YYYY is the year, MM is the month and DD is the day. Missing data (MM or DD) should be indicated with hyphens or '00' [double zero].
||Breeding institute code
FAO WIEWS code of the institute that has bred the material. If the holding institute has bred the material, the breeding institute code (BREDCODE) should be the same as the holding institute code (INSTCODE). Follows INSTCODE standard. Multiple values are separated by a semicolon without space.
||Biological status of accession
The coding scheme proposed can be used at 3 different levels of detail: either by using the general codes (in boldface) such as 100, 200, 300, 400, or by using the more specific codes such as 110, 120, etc.
- 100) Wild
- 110) Natural
- 120) Semi-natural/wild
- 130) Semi-natural/sown
- 200) Weedy
- 300) Traditional cultivar/landrace
- 400) Breeding/research material
- 410) Breeder's line
- 411) Synthetic population
- 412) Hybrid
- 413) Founder stock/base population
- 414) Inbred line (parent of hybrid cultivar)
- 415) Segregating population
- 416) Clonal selection
- 420) Genetic stock
- 421) Mutant (e.g. induced/insertion mutants, tilling populations)
- 422) Cytogenetic stocks (e.g. chromosome addition/substitution, aneuploids, amphiploids)
- 423) Other genetic stocks (e.g. mapping populations)
- 500) Advanced or improved cultivar (conventional breeding methods)
- 600) GMO (by genetic engineering)
- 999) Other (Elaborate in REMARKS field)
Information about either pedigree or other description of ancestral information (e.g. parent variety in case of mutant or selection). For example a pedigree "Hanna/7*Atlas//Turk/8*Atlas" or a description "mutation found in Hanna", "selection from Irene" or "cross involving amongst others Hanna and Irene".
The coding scheme proposed can be used at 2 different levels of detail: either by using the general codes (in boldface) such as 10, 20, 30, 40, etc., or by using the more specific codes, such as 11, 12, etc.
- 10) Wild habitat
- 11) Forest or woodland
- 12) Shrubland
- 13) Grassland
- 14) Desert or tundra
- 15) Aquatic habitat
- 20) Farm or cultivated habitat
- 21) Field
- 22) Orchard
- 23) Backyard, kitchen or home garden (urban, peri-urban or rural)
- 24) Fallow land
- 25) Pasture
- 26) Farm store
- 27) Threshing floor
- 28) Park
- 30) Market or shop
- 40) Institute, Experimental station, Research organization, Genebank
- 50) Seed company
- 60) Weedy, disturbed or ruderal habitat
- 61) Roadside
- 62) Field margin
- 99) Other (Elaborate in REMARKS field)
||Donor institute code
FAO WIEWS code of the donor institute. Follows INSTCODE standard
||Donor accession number
Identifier assigned to an accession by the donor. Follows ACCENUMB standard.
||Other identifiers associated with the accession
Any other identifiers known to exist in other collections for this accession.
Use the following format: INSTCODE:ACCENUMB;INSTCODE:identifier;...
INSTCODE and identifier are separated by a colon without space. Pairs of INSTCODE and identifier are separated by a semicolon without space. When the institute is not known, the identifier should be preceded by a colon.
||Location of safety duplicates
FAO WIEWS code of the institute(s) where a safety duplicate of the accession is maintained. Multiple values are separated by a semicolon without space. Follows INSTCODE standard.
||Type of germplasm storage
If germplasm is maintained under different types of storage, multiple choices are allowed, separated by a semicolon (e.g. 20;30). (Refer to FAO/IPGRI Genebank Standards 1994 for details on storage type.)
- 10) Seed collection
- 11) Short term
- 12) Medium term
- 13) Long term
- 20) Field collection
- 30) In vitro collection
- 40) Cryopreserved collection
- 50) DNA collection
- 99) Other (elaborate in REMARKS field)
The remarks field is used to add notes or to elaborate on descriptors with value 99 or 999 (= Other).Prefix remarks with the field name they refer to and a colon (:) without space (e.g. COLLSRC:riverside). Distinct remarks referring to different fields are separated by semicolons without space.