Preparatory actions on EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture

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Address: Sand Huton-York-YO41 1LZ-United Kingdom
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Microbial and invertebrate

Bacteria X Filamentous fungi (Basidiomycetes)
Yeasts (Ascomycetes) Virus
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)
Lyophilised cells

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): 3500
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) No
Use of unique identifier Yes
Use of a documentation system Yes In-house database and publicly available web-site
Collection as part of a larger documentation system

Other: StrainInfo, WFCC

Database management system (software)


Document passport data No

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: Yes, but rarely

Overall viability level of your collection

Very good:
Percentage of the collection regenerated (per year): 4

Storage conditions of the collection

  • Lyophilised (LYO)

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 189
Percentage of requests which are fulfilled >75%
Number of EU countries in which samples are distributed 10
Number of Non-EU countries in which samples are distributed 8

Budget and funding

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

Funding sources (in %)

National government 80%
Private 20%

Funding allocation (in %)

Collection and uptake of new materials 5%
Processing of new materials 5%
Storage 20%
Maintenance/regeneration 35%
Documentation 15%
Distribution 20%

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