Preparatory actions on EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture

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Department of Agriculture

Contact details

Address: Potato Centre, Tops, Raphoe, Co. Donegal–N/A-Ireland
Legal Status: Public research institution 0




Cereals Potatoes X
Grasses Beets (sugar, fodder)
Legumes Oil crops
Fibre crops Vine
Vegetables Fruits
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: < 1980
Expected period of maintenance of the collection (in years): > 25
Size of the collection (number of breeds): 500
Evolution of the size of the collection (last 10 years): =

Objectives and identity

Geographic origin of the material in the collection: EU
Population management:

  • ex situ
  • in 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 Variety Name & Number
Collection as part of a larger documentation system European inventory: EURISCO
Database management system (software) Access
Document passport data Yes


Duplication of material and documentation

Material: No
Documentation: No


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

Very good:
Percentage of the collection regenerated (per year): 5

Storage conditions of the collection

  • Living population(s)
  • In vitro 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 40
Number of EU countries in which samples are distributed 3

Budget and funding

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

Funding sources (in %)

National government 100%

Funding allocation (in %)

Storage 40%
Maintenance/regeneration 60%
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