Preparatory actions on EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture

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Nordic Genetic Resource Center

Contact details

Address: Smedjevägen 3-Alnarp-SE 230 53-Sweden
Legal Status: Nordic Institute 0




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

Type of material maintained:


Modern breeds and varieties Traditional breeds and varieties Populations Other(s)

Other: Crop wild relatives, research material and genetic stocks

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): 33.000
Evolution of the size of the collection (last 10 years): ↗ < 20%

Objectives and identity

Geographic origin of the material in the collection: Regional
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 SESTO
Collection as part of a larger documentation system European inventory: Eurisco and partly ECPGR-crop-database
Database management system (software) SESTO is implemented with the [Apache] web server, [PHP] server side script language and the [PostgreSQL] database.In-house-built
Document passport data Yes
Link to passport data
Document characterisation data
Document evaluation data


Duplication of material and documentation

Material: Yes
Documentation: Yes


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

Good: We have high focus on regeneration and quality control of our collection.
Percentage of the collection regenerated (per year): 4

Storage conditions of the collection

  • Seed bank
  • In vitro bank

Access and distribution conditions

Providers Recipients
Written agreement in special cases Prior informed consent, and information letter Use of Standard MTA of International Treaty on PGR for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA)

Distribution of material (per year)

Number of distributed samples 9000
Percentage of requests which are fulfilled >75%

Budget and funding

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

Funding sources (in %)

National government 10%
Other public authorities than national government and other agencies 90%
Comments Nordic Council of Ministers Budget

Funding allocation (in %)

Collection and uptake of new materials 5%
Processing of new materials 10%
Storage 10%
Maintenance/regeneration 40%
Documentation 20%
Distribution 15%
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