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National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

Contact details

Address: Glasnevin-Dublin-D9-Ireland
Legal Status: Public research institution




Cereals Potatoes
Grasses Beets (sugar, fodder)
Legumes Oil crops
Fibre crops Vine
Vegetables Fruits
Ornamental crops Model plants (arabidospsis, medigaco spp, etc.)

Other(s): Botanic Gardens – multiple species and seeds


Abies X Acer X Alnus X
Betula X Castanea X Carpinus X
Cedrus X Fagus X Fraxinus X
Larix X Picea X Pinus X
Populus X Prunus X Pseudotsuga X
Quercus X Robinia X Tilia X
Other conifers 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: < 1980
Expected period of maintenance of the collection (in years): > 25
Size of the collection (number of breeds): 35,000
Evolution of the size of the collection (last 10 years): ↘ > 20%

Objectives and identity

Geographic origin of the material in the collection: International
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) Yes
Use of unique identifier Yes
Use of a documentation system Yes Access database
Database management system (software)


Document passport data Yes

Duplication of material and documentation

Material: No
Documentation: No


Viability testing of stored material: No
Diagnosis of the presence of pests and diseases, or contaminations: Yes, but rarely
Transgene detection: No
Regeneration/multiplication: Yes, but rarely
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: The collection numbers have been maintained relatively constant.
Percentage of the collection regenerated (per year): 4

Storage conditions of the collection

  • Seed bank
  • Living field bank
  • Living population(s)
  • DNA bank
  • Herbarium samples

Access and distribution conditions

Providers Recipients
Use of Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) Use of Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)

Distribution of material (per year)

Number of distributed samples 60
Percentage of requests which are fulfilled 50 – 75%

Budget and funding

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

Funding sources (in %)

National government 100%

Funding allocation (in %)

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