Preparatory actions on EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture

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Institute of Food Research

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Address: –NR4 7UA-United Kingdom
Legal Status: Public research institution 0

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Microbial and invertebrate

Bacteria Filamentous fungi (Basidiomycetes)
Yeasts (Ascomycetes) X Virus
Yeasts (Basidiomycetes) X Nematodes
Filamentous fungi (Ascomycetes) Mycoplasmas

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): 4,000
Evolution of the size of the collection (last 10 years): ↗ < 20%

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) No
Use of unique identifier Yes
Use of a documentation system Yes See
Collection as part of a larger documentation system

National inventory: UKCC

European inventory: ECCO

Other: WFCC

Database management system (software)


Document passport data No
Link to passport data
Document characterisation data

Duplication of material and documentation

Material: Yes
Documentation: Partially


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: Well-established cryopreservation techniques.

Storage conditions of the collection

  • Cryo bank
  • Lyophilised (LYO)

Access and distribution conditions

Providers Recipients
Other written agreement Other written agreement

Distribution of material (per year)

Number of distributed samples 400
Percentage of requests which are fulfilled >75%
Number of EU countries in which samples are distributed 300
Number of Non-EU countries in which samples are distributed 100

Budget and funding

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

Funding sources (in %)

National government 80%
Other(s) 20%

Funding allocation (in %)

Collection and uptake of new materials 50%
Processing of new materials 20%
Storage 5%
Maintenance/regeneration 5%
Documentation 5%
Distribution 15%

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