Preparatory actions on EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture

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Address: Oak Park Research Centre-Carlow-00000-Ireland
Legal Status: Public research institution 0




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

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): 600
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 local database, but now all in EURISCO
Collection as part of a larger documentation system

European inventory: EURISCO

Database management system (software)



Document passport data Yes
Link to passport data EURISCO

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

Overall viability level of your collection

Percentage of the collection regenerated (per year): 2

Storage conditions of the collection

  • Seed bank

Access and distribution conditions

Providers Recipients
Use of Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)

Distribution of material (per year)

Number of distributed samples 2
Percentage of requests which are fulfilled 25 – 50%
Number of EU countries in which samples are distributed 1
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 20%
Other public authorities than national governement and other agencies 80%

Funding allocation (in %)

Storage 35%
Maintenance/regeneration 60%
Documentation 5%

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