NBAIR acts as a nodal agency for collection, characterization and conservation of arthropods for commercial and non-commercial purposes. This database called the “Arthropod Germplasm Information System” (AGIS) in India documents the live arthropod resources of agricultural importance being maintained by institutions across the country.Currently it includes pests of agricultural viz. Helicoverpa armigera, Spodoptera litura,Plutella xylostella and veterinary (Hyalomma anatolicum and Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus) importance; beneficial organisms (parasitoids and predators); productive insects (Bombyx mori) and factitious hosts (Corcya cephalonica) being used in the mass multiplication of biological control agents. Honey bees, lac insects and pollinators will also be included in due course.
The goal of the AGIS is to provide passport information on the availability of live arthropod germplasm in our country to enable its free exchange for the advancement of agriculture and the betterment of livelihoods of those engaged in the agriculture sector.