Preparatory actions on EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture

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National Institute of Biology

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Address: Vecna pot 111-Ljubljana-1000-Slovenia
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Cereals Potatoes X
Grasses Beets (sugar, fodder)
Legumes Oil crops
Fibre crops Vine X
Vegetables Fruits
Ornamental crops X Model plants (arabidospsis, medigaco spp, etc.) X Arabidopsis

Microbial and invertebrate

Bacteria X Filamentous fungi (Basidiomycetes)
Yeasts (Ascomycetes) Virus X
Yeasts (Basidiomycetes) 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: 1981 – 1990
Expected period of maintenance of the collection (in years): > 25
Size of the collection (number of breeds): 3000
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) Yes
Use of unique identifier Yes
Use of a documentation system Yes metadata on cultures in excel
Database management system (software)



Document passport data Yes

Duplication of material and documentation

Material: No
Documentation: Yes


Viability testing of stored material: Yes, but rarely
Diagnosis of the presence of pests and diseases, or contaminations: Frequently
Transgene detection: Yes, but rarely
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): 4

Storage conditions of the collection

  • Living population(s)
  • Cryo bank
  • DNA bank
  • Lyophilised (LYO)

Access and distribution conditions

Providers Recipients
Written agreement only in special cases Use of Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)

Distribution of material (per year)

Number of distributed samples 3
Percentage of requests which are fulfilled >75%
Number of EU countries in which samples are distributed 2
Number of Non-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 100%

Funding allocation (in %)

Collection and uptake of new materials 60%
Processing of new materials 10%
Storage 20%
Maintenance/regeneration 5%
Documentation 5%
Distribution 0%

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