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

Email Website



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

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)
X DNA stocks (cloned)

Collection description:

Date of start of the collection/population: 1991 – 2000
Expected period of maintenance of the collection (in years): > 25
Size of the collection (number of breeds): 1,000,000
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) 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)


Document passport data No
Document characterisation 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: No
Transgene detection: Yes, but rarely
Regeneration/multiplication: Frequently
Molecular analysis (e.g. DNA sequencing or fingerprinting): Yes, but rarely
Evaluation of useful traits: Yes, but rarely

Overall viability level of your collection

Very good: Arabidopsis is pretty trivial to store as distribution stocks and frozen stocks. Germination is high and improves on storage under our conditions. We have published papers on viability. We also get feedback from many users.
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 70%
Other(s) 30%
Comments Cost recovery from users

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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