Preparatory actions on EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture

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University of Warwick

Contact details

Address: Wellesbourne Campus-Warwick-CV35 9BG-United Kingdom
Legal Status: Public university




Cereals Potatoes
Grasses Beets (sugar, fodder)
Legumes Oil crops X oilseed rape
Fibre crops Vine
Vegetables X brassicas, alliums, lettuce, carrot, other minor vegetable and salad crops (radish, parsnip, celery, rocket, chicory, beetroot) 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: < 1980
Expected period of maintenance of the collection (in years): > 25
Size of the collection (number of breeds): 13993
Evolution of the size of the collection (last 10 years): =

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) Yes
Use of unique identifier Yes
Use of a documentation system Yes MS Access database
Collection as part of a larger documentation system

National inventory: UK National Inventory

European inventory: EURISCO

Database management system (software)


Document passport data Yes
Link to passport data EURISCO

Duplication of material and documentation

Material: No
Documentation: Yes


Viability testing of stored material: Frequently
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): Yes, but rarely
Evaluation of useful traits: Yes, but rarely

Overall viability level of your collection

Good: Ongoing viability monitoring and regeneration programme allows targeting of resources toward improving viability of collection overall
Percentage of the collection regenerated (per year): 2

Storage conditions of the collection

  • Seed bank

Access and distribution conditions

Providers Recipients
Use of Standard MTA of International Treaty on PGR for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) Use of Standard MTA of International Treaty on PGR for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA)

Distribution of material (per year)

Number of distributed samples 200
Percentage of requests which are fulfilled >75%

Budget and funding

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

Funding sources (in %)

National government 100%

Funding allocation (in %)

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