Preparatory actions on EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture

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A European Integrated Genebank System

General information about the project/initiative

Name of the Project/Initiative: A European Integrated Genebank System
Acronym: AEGIS

General information about the organisation

Name: Bioversity International
City: Rome
Post Code: 57
Country: Italy

Contact details of the person responsible for the project/initiative:

Name: Johannes Engels
Phone number: 0039-06-6118222

Description of the project/initiative

Domains covered by the project/initiative:

  • Plant genetic resources (PGR)

Number of partners: 55
Scope of the project: EU
Initial motivation for starting the project/initiative: To increase the efficiency of the conservation of PGRFA in Europe and thus to rationalize the current practices and collections.

Actions which describe the project – Actions are ranked from 1 to 10

Managing genetic resources (collecting, conserving, maintaining, regenerating, optimising composition, etc.) 1
Generating information (phenotyping, genotyping, etc.) 2
Managing information (databasing, interfacing, etc.) 3
Improving methodology (improving all the above, standardising, etc.) 4
Building capacity (involving GR collection managers) 5
Legal/policy matters (improving access, ABS, etc.) 7
Scientific research (analysing diversity, finding traits, etc.) 6
Promoting use (aiming at potential users) 8
Raising public awareness (aiming at the general public) 9
As the coordinator of an initiative the coordination of activities across Europe is the most important task.

Budget and funding

Overall budget of the project/initiative (in Euros): 70,000
National government: 100%
Comments: The funding is fully imbedded into the operation of ECPGR.

Expected outcomes and communication


Increase knowledge X
Improve/conserve genetic resource materials X
Scientific community X
Genetic resources conservation community X

To increase the standards of operations


Policy makers X
Users of genetic resources such as breeders, farmers, industry X

Governments; International Treaty

Project/initiative to lead to the initiation of further projects/initiatives

– The rational conservation system of high quality germplasm that is readily available is expected to attract funding and projects for research and breeding

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