Oats are grown in many parts of the world, mainly in Northwest and Eastern Europe, North America, Canada, Australia and China. It is a crop typical of and well adapted to the cooler climates (Nordic countries, Canada). Nevertheless high quality oat is also well produced in Australia and New Zealand. Oat is not a bread cereal, but has been a staple food for a long time in Northern Europe.
The Global Strategy for the Ex Situ Conservation of Oats provides a framework for the efficient and effective ex situ conservation of globally important collections of oats.
- Armenian Botanical Society (ABS)
- Lebanon Agricultural Research Institute (LARI)
- National Agriculture Genetic Resources Center (NAGRC - Nepal)
- Plant Genetic Resources Institute (PGRI - Pakistan)
- Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute (EBI)
- Spanish Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA, Spain)
- Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciéncia
- University of Pavia
- Genetic Resources Institute (GRI) of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences
- Agricultural Research Institute (ARI) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources of Environment
- National Botanical Garden of Georgia (NBGG)