Preparatory actions on EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture

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Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands

Contact details

Address: Droevendaalsesteeg 1-Wageningen-6708 PD-the Netherlands
Legal Status: Association or foundation 0

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Cereals X wheat, barley, oats, maize Potatoes X Irish
Grasses X Lolium, Phleum, Poa, Festuca, Dactylis Beets (sugar, fodder)
Legumes X peas, faba beans Oil crops X flax, rape seed
Fibre crops X flax Vine
Vegetables X tomato, eggplant, pepper, cucumber, melon, lettuce, spinach, lamb’s lettuce, onion, cabbage Fruits X apple
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: 1981 – 1990
Expected period of maintenance of the collection (in years): > 25
Size of the collection (number of breeds): 23,000
Evolution of the size of the collection (last 10 years): =

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) Yes
Use of unique identifier Yes
Use of a documentation system Yes GENIS
Collection as part of a larger documentation system

European inventory: EURISCO

Database management system (software)

Private software – ORACLE

Document passport data Yes
Link to passport data
Document characterisation data
Document evaluation 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: Frequently

Overall viability level of your collection

Very good:
Percentage of the collection regenerated (per year): 4

Storage conditions of the collection

  • Seed bank
  • Living field 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 200
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 30

Budget and funding

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

Funding sources (in %)

National government 70%
Other public authorities than national governement and other agencies 5%
Private 20%
Public-Private Partnerships 5%

Funding allocation (in %)

Collection and uptake of new materials 5%
Processing of new materials 5%
Storage 10%
Maintenance/regeneration 50%
Documentation 20%
Distribution 10%

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