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Scottish, Agricultural, Vegetable and Landrace collections, SASA

Contact details

Address: Roddinglaw Road-Edinburgh-EH12 9FJ-United Kingdom
Legal Status: Public research institution 0

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Cereals X Potatoes X
Grasses X Beets (sugar, fodder)
Legumes X Oil crops X
Fibre crops X Vine
Vegetables X 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): 28000
Evolution of the size of the collection (last 10 years): =

Objectives and identity

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

  • ex situ
  • on-farm

Objective of maintaining the collection/population:

Conservation Research Breeding Training Awareness raising Other(s)



Use of available technical guidelines (e.g. FAO) Yes
Use of unique identifier Yes
Use of a documentation system Yes
Collection as part of a larger documentation system National inventory:Other: yes and no depending on the crop group and accessions in question
Database management system (software) AccessIn-house-built
Document passport data Yes


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: Yes, but rarely
Transgene detection: No
Regeneration/multiplication: Yes, but rarely
Molecular analysis (e.g. DNA sequencing or fingerprinting): Yes, but rarely
Evaluation of useful traits: Frequently

Overall viability level of your collection

Good: SASA has bespoke storage systems to maintain our seed and tuber collections. Viability test conducted on stored material indicate that viability is good.
Percentage of the collection regenerated (per year): 4

Storage conditions of the collection

  • Seed bank
  • Living field bank
  • In vitro bank
  • Herbarium samples

Access and distribution conditions

Providers Recipients

Distribution of material (per year)

Budget and funding

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

Funding sources (in %)

Comments Collection costs are covered by several funding sources routed through Government. Fees for national list testing (variety registration), fees for crop certification and public interest funding for genetic resource.

Funding allocation (in %)

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