Preparatory actions on EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture

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Angelos Kyratzis

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Address: Athalassa, 22016-Nicosia-1516-Cyprus
Legal Status: Public research institution 0

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


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: 1981 – 1990
Expected period of maintenance of the collection (in years): > 25
Size of the collection (number of breeds): 13000
Evolution of the size of the collection (last 10 years): ↘ > 20%

Objectives and identity

Geographic origin of the material in the collection: Local
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) Yes
Use of unique identifier Yes
Use of a documentation system Yes
Collection as part of a larger documentation system National inventory:

European inventory: EURISCO

Database management system (software) Excel


Document passport data Yes


Duplication of material and documentation

Material: Partially
Documentation: No


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

Overall viability level of your collection

Percentage of the collection regenerated (per year): 4

Storage conditions of the collection

  • Seed bank

Access and distribution conditions

Providers Recipients
Use of Standard MTA of International Treaty on PGR for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) Use of Standard MTA of International Treaty on PGR for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA)

Distribution of material (per year)

Number of distributed samples 25
Percentage of requests which are fulfilled >75%
Number of EU countries in which samples are distributed 20
Number of Non-EU countries in which samples are distributed 5

Budget and funding

Yearly budget for the collection (in euros): 50,000 – 250,000

Funding sources (in %)

National government 80%
Private 20%

Funding allocation (in %)

Collection and uptake of new materials 25%
Processing of new materials 30%
Storage 15%
Maintenance/regeneration 15%
Documentation 10%
Distribution 5%
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