Preparatory actions on EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture

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Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Contact details

Address: Seed Testing Laboratory, Backweston Campus, Stacumney Lane, Celbridge-Co, Kildare-N/A-Ireland
Legal Status: Government Department 0




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

Other(s): Crop Wild Relatives

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: 2001 – 2010
Expected period of maintenance of the collection (in years): > 25
Size of the collection (number of breeds): 969
Evolution of the size of the collection (last 10 years): =

Objectives and identity

Geographic origin of the material in the collection: National
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 Database with all accessions listed and amended as necessary when requests for germaplasm are made
Collection as part of a larger documentation system National inventory: National inventory stored on database

European inventory: All accession are uploaded onto Eurisco

Database management system (software) Excel
Document passport data Yes
Link to passport data
Document characterisation data None carried out
Document evaluation data None carried out
Other(s) None carried out


Duplication of material and documentation

Material: Yes
Documentation: No


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

Overall viability level of your collection

Average: Difficuly to answer accurately without frequent viability testing on entire collection. The accessions that have been tested have shown huge variation in viability depending on the species and/or individual accession.
Percentage of the collection regenerated (per year): 2

Storage conditions of the collection

  • Seed bank

Access and distribution conditions

Providers Recipients
No written agreement Use of Standard MTA of International Treaty on PGR for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA)

Distribution of material (per year)

Number of distributed samples 2
Percentage of requests which are fulfilled >75%
Number of EU countries in which samples are distributed 2

Budget and funding

Yearly budget for the collection (in euros): 10,000 – 50,000

Funding sources (in %)

National government 100%
Comments Costs such as maintenance of the collection, storage, documentation and distribution of germplasm are subsumed in exisitng running costs of the organisation whose remit is much larger and diverse than genetic resources. Specific funding is solely made available for the collection of germplasm through a national scheme designed specifically to help the conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources. Yearly budget and allocation costs (Question 33 & 34) are estimates for total costs including maintenance of the collection, storage, documentation and distribution of germplasm.

Funding allocation (in %)

Collection and uptake of new materials 60%
Processing of new materials 5%
Storage 20%
Maintenance/regeneration 5%
Documentation 5%
Distribution 5%
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