Preparatory actions on EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture

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IBERS, Aberystwyth University

Contact details

Address: Plas Gogerddan-Aberystwyth-SY23 3EB-United Kingdom
Legal Status: Public research institution 0




Cereals Potatoes
Grasses X Beets (sugar, fodder)
Legumes X Oil crops
Fibre crops Vine
Vegetables Fruits
Ornamental crops Model plants (arabidospsis, medigaco spp, etc.)

Type of material maintained:

Modern breeds and varieties Traditional breeds and varieties Populations Other(s)

Type of material stored:

Living collections Sperm Egg cells Seeds Tissue cultures Cells Other(s)

Collection description:

Date of start of the collection/population: < 1980
Expected period of maintenance of the collection (in years): > 25
Size of the collection (number of breeds): 30000
Evolution of the size of the collection (last 10 years): ↗ < 20%

Objectives and identity

Geographic origin of the material in the collection: EU
Population management:

  • ex situ

Objective of maintaining the collection/population:

Conservation Research Breeding Training Awareness raising Other(s)



Use of available technical guidelines (e.g. FAO) No
Use of unique identifier Yes
Use of a documentation system Yes AGRIS
Collection as part of a larger documentation system

National inventory: UK NPI

European inventory: Eurisco

Database management system (software)


Document passport data Yes
Link to passport data

Duplication of material and documentation

Material: Yes
Documentation: Yes


Viability testing of stored material: Yes, but rarely
Diagnosis of the presence of pests and diseases, or contaminations: No
Transgene detection: No
Regeneration/multiplication: Yes, but rarely
Molecular analysis (e.g. DNA sequencing or fingerprinting): No
Evaluation of useful traits: Yes, but rarely

Overall viability level of your collection

Percentage of the collection regenerated (per year): 2

Storage conditions of the collection

  • Seed bank

Access and distribution conditions

Providers Recipients
Written agreement only in special cases Use of Standard MTA of International Treaty on PGR for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA)

Distribution of material (per year)

Number of distributed samples 900
Percentage of requests which are fulfilled >75%
Number of EU countries in which samples are distributed 80
Number of Non-EU countries in which samples are distributed 20

Budget and funding

Yearly budget for the collection (in euros): Information not available

Funding sources (in %)

National government 100%

Funding allocation (in %)

Storage 50%
Documentation 40%
Distribution 10%

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