Preparatory actions on EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture

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Genetic Resource Centre, Latvian State Forestry Research Institute “Silava”

Contact details

Address: 111 Rigas st-Salaspils-LV-2169-Latvia
Legal Status: Public research institution

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Cereals X Avena, Fagopyrum, Hordeum, Secale, Triticum, xTriticosecale, Zea Potatoes
Grasses X Agrostis, Alopecurus, Arrhenatherum, Bromus, Cynosurus, Dactylis, Festuca, Galega, Lathyrus, Lolium, Medicago, Melilotus, Phalaris, Phleum, Poa, Trifolium Beets (sugar, fodder) X Beta, Brassica
Legumes X Glycine, Lupinus, Pisum, Phaseolus, Vicia Oil crops X Brassica, Carum, Linum, Barbarea
Fibre crops X Linum Vine
Vegetables X Allium, Cucumis, Lactuca, Lycopersicon, Raphanus, Rheum 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: 1991 – 2000
Expected period of maintenance of the collection (in years): > 25
Size of the collection (number of breeds): 2100
Evolution of the size of the collection (last 10 years): ↗ < 20%

Objectives and identity

Geographic origin of the material in the collection: Local
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 for descriptor data and accession transactions
Collection as part of a larger documentation system

National inventory: EURISCO

Database management system (software)



Document passport data Yes
Link to passport 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: No
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

Percentage of the collection regenerated (per year): 2

Storage conditions of the collection

  • Seed bank
  • DNA bank

Access and distribution conditions

Providers Recipients
Other 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 5
Percentage of requests which are fulfilled >75%
Number of EU countries in which samples are distributed 5

Budget and funding

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

Funding sources (in %)

National government 100%

Funding allocation (in %)

Collection and uptake of new materials 0%
Processing of new materials 30%
Storage 30%
Maintenance/regeneration 5%
Documentation 30%
Distribution 5%

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