Preparatory actions on EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture

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University of Reading

Contact details

Address: School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading-Reading-RG6 6AR-United Kingdom
Legal Status: Public research institution

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Cereals Potatoes
Grasses Beets (sugar, fodder)
Legumes Oil crops
Fibre crops Vine X Grape
Vegetables Fruits X Apple, Pear, Cherry, Plum, Currant, Gooseberry, Hazelnut
Ornamental crops X Malus, Prunus, Pyrus 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: < 1980
Expected period of maintenance of the collection (in years): > 25
Size of the collection (number of breeds): 3970
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 We maintain a public database on the collection
Collection as part of a larger documentation system

National inventory: UK National Plant Inventory

European inventory: EURISCO


Database management system (software)



Document passport data Yes
Link to passport data
Document characterisation data

Duplication of material and documentation

Material: Partially
Documentation: Partially


Viability testing of stored material: No
Diagnosis of the presence of pests and diseases, or contaminations: Frequently
Transgene detection: No
Regeneration/multiplication: Yes, but rarely
Molecular analysis (e.g. DNA sequencing or fingerprinting): Yes, but rarely
Evaluation of useful traits: Frequently

Overall viability level of your collection

Very good: The collections are well managed with an ongoing program of maintenance and curation.
Percentage of the collection regenerated (per year): 2

Storage conditions of the collection

  • Living field bank
  • Cryo bank

Access and distribution conditions

Providers Recipients
No written agreement Use of Standard MTA of International Treaty on PGR for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA)

Distribution of material (per year)

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

Budget and funding

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

Funding sources (in %)

National government 98%
Private 2%

Funding allocation (in %)

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