Preparatory actions on EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture

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Nottingham Arabidopsis Stock Centre

Contact details

Address: University of Nottingham-Loughborough-LE12 5RD-United Kingdom
Legal Status: Public research institution 0

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

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): 800000
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 MySQL through servoy, bespoke API
Collection as part of a larger documentation system

National inventory: EURISCO via UKPGRG (whatever they want)

European inventory: EURISCO (whatever they want)

Database management system (software)


Private software – servoy



Document passport data Yes
Document characterisation data

Duplication of material and documentation

Material: Yes
Documentation: Yes


Viability testing of stored material: Yes, but rarely
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): No
Evaluation of useful traits: No

Overall viability level of your collection

Very good: arabidopsis is straightforward to store and has very good viability after frozen storage.
Percentage of the collection regenerated (per year): 2

Storage conditions of the collection

  • Seed bank
  • DNA bank

Access and distribution conditions

Providers Recipients
No written agreement No written agreement

Distribution of material (per year)

Number of distributed samples 100,000
Percentage of requests which are fulfilled >75%
Number of EU countries in which samples are distributed 25
Number of Non-EU countries in which samples are distributed 25

Budget and funding

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

Funding sources (in %)

National government 60%
Other(s) 40%
Comments We use cost recovery extensively.

Funding allocation (in %)

Collection and uptake of new materials 10%
Processing of new materials 10%
Storage 15%
Maintenance/regeneration 15%
Documentation 30%
Distribution 20%

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