Preparatory actions on EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture

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Earth Trust

Contact details

Address: Little WIttenham-Abingdon-OX14 4QZ-United Kingdom
Legal Status: charity



Abies Acer Alnus
Betula Castanea Carpinus
Cedrus Fagus X Fraxinus X
Larix Picea Pinus
Populus Prunus X Pseudotsuga
Quercus X Robinia Tilia
Other broadleaves

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: 1991 – 2000
Expected period of maintenance of the collection (in years): 10 – 25
Size of the collection (number of breeds): 5000
Evolution of the size of the collection (last 10 years): ↗ < 20%

Objectives and identity

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

  • 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 excel spreadsheets
Collection as part of a larger documentation system

Other: Future Trees Trust database of accessions, managed by Forest Research

Database management system (software)


Document passport data No

Duplication of material and documentation

Material: No
Documentation: Partially


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

Overall viability level of your collection


Storage conditions of the collection

  • Living population(s)

Access and distribution conditions

Providers Recipients
Other written agreement Use of Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)

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 1

Budget and funding

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

Funding sources (in %)

National government 0%
Other public authorities than national governement and other agencies 0%
Private 100%

Funding allocation (in %)

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