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Irish Seed Savers Association

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Address: Capparoe-Scarriff-CO CLARE-Ireland
Legal Status: Charity 0

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Cereals X Avena sativa, Avena barbata, Triticum aestivum, Hordeum vulgare, Triticum spelta, Potatoes X Solanum tuberosum
Grasses Beets (sugar, fodder) X Beta vulgaris
Legumes X Pisum sativum, Vicia faba, Phaseolus vulgaris, Phaseolus coccineus Oil crops
Fibre crops X Linum usatissimus Vine
Vegetables X Brassica oleracea, Brassica napus, Brassica rapa, Brassica juncea, Daucus carota, Pastinaca sativa, Solanum persicum, Capsicum annuum, Allium cepa, Allium ampeloprasum Fruits X Malus domestica, Pyrus communis, Prunus domestica
Ornamental crops X Crambe maritima Model plants (arabidospsis, medigaco spp, etc.)

Other(s): Rheum rhabarbarum

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: 1981 – 1990
Expected period of maintenance of the collection (in years): > 25
Size of the collection (number of breeds): 1000

Objectives and identity

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

  • ex situ
  • in situ
  • on-farm

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 Own access based seed bank database
Collection as part of a larger documentation system

Other: Documented via Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Republic of Ireland

Database management system (software)


Document passport data No

Duplication of material and documentation

Material: Partially
Documentation: No


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

Overall viability level of your collection

Good: Regeneration occurs quite often and on a regular basis and ensure good viability of accessions.
Percentage of the collection regenerated (per year): 4

Storage conditions of the collection

  • Seed bank
  • Living field bank
  • Living population(s)

Access and distribution conditions

Providers Recipients
Written agreement only in special cases No written agreement

Distribution of material (per year)

Number of distributed samples 1000
Percentage of requests which are fulfilled >75%
Number of EU countries in which samples are distributed 5
Number of Non-EU countries in which samples are distributed 2

Budget and funding

Yearly budget for the collection (in euros): 50,000 – 250,000

Funding sources (in %)

National government 40%
Other public authorities than national governement and other agencies 20%
Private 20%
Other(s) 20%
Comments sales, visitors, open days

Funding allocation (in %)

Collection and uptake of new materials 4%
Processing of new materials 1%
Storage 15%
Maintenance/regeneration 50%
Documentation 20%
Distribution 10%

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