Preparatory actions on EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture

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Contact details

Address: Bakeham LanE-Egham-TW20 9TY-United Kingdom
Legal Status: UN treay level

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Microbial and invertebrate

Bacteria X Filamentous fungi (Basidiomycetes) X
Yeasts (Ascomycetes) X Virus
Yeasts (Basidiomycetes) X Nematodes
Filamentous fungi (Ascomycetes) X Mycoplasmas

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: International
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 a documentation system Yes
Collection as part of a larger documentation system

Other: GBRCN

Database management system (software)

Private software – Biolomics

Document passport data Yes
Link to passport data
Document characterisation data

Duplication of material and documentation

Material: No
Documentation: Yes


Viability testing of stored material: Frequently
Diagnosis of the presence of pests and diseases, or contaminations: Frequently
Regeneration/multiplication: Frequently

Overall viability level of your collection

Percentage of the collection regenerated (per year): 4

Storage conditions of the collection

  • Cryo bank
  • DNA bank
  • Lyophilised (LYO)

Access and distribution conditions

Providers Recipients
Use of Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) Use of Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)

Distribution of material (per year)

Percentage of requests which are fulfilled >75%
Number of EU countries in which samples are distributed 15
Number of Non-EU countries in which samples are distributed 50

Budget and funding

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

Funding sources (in %)

Private 5%
Other(s) 95%

Funding allocation (in %)

Collection and uptake of new materials 5%
Processing of new materials 5%
Storage 50%
Maintenance/regeneration 25%
Documentation 10%
Distribution 5%

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