Preparatory actions on EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture

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CBS-KNAW Fungal Biodiversity Centre

Contact details

Address: Uppsalalaan 8-Utrecht-3584CT-Netherlands
Legal Status: Public research institution 0

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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

Other(s): Plasmids, bacteriophages

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): 90000
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 unique identifier Yes
Use of a documentation system Yes in-house developed databases
Database management system (software)


Document passport data Yes
Link to passport data
Document characterisation data

Duplication of material and documentation

Material: Yes
Documentation: Yes


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): Frequently
Evaluation of useful traits: Yes, but rarely

Overall viability level of your collection

Very good:
Percentage of the collection regenerated (per year): 3

Storage conditions of the collection

  • Cryo bank
  • DNA bank
  • Herbarium samples
  • Lyophilised (LYO)

Access and distribution conditions

Providers Recipients
Written agreement only in special cases Use of Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)

Distribution of material (per year)

Number of distributed samples 5500
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): > 250,000

Funding sources (in %)

National government 30%
Other public authorities than national governement and other agencies 55%
Private 15%
Comments had to be estimated

Funding allocation (in %)

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

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