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Establishing cryopreservation methods for conserving european plant germplasm collections

Objective

About 20, 000 plant species are believed to be endangered, rare and threatened with extinction. Their preservation is essential for classical and modern plant breeding programmes. Also, this biodiversity is a source of compounds for the pharmaceutical, food and crop protection industries. Conventionally, germplasm is conserved through seeds, roots, cuttings, etc. For long-term storage of plant germplasm, cry preservation is the only available method. Soar, cry preservation procedures were mainly developed based on empirical grounds. Hence, cry preservation of plant germplasm is still not a standardised method and depends on tissue and plant species/variety. This project aims to determine the necessary physic-biochemical state of any plant species/tissues needed for successful cry preservation. As such a generally applicable cry preservation protocol can be established and becomes available for all germplasm collections in Europe.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Address
42,Kardinaal Mercierlaan 92
3001 Heverlee
Belgium

Participants (6)

DSMZ-DEUTSCHE SAMMLUNG VON MIKROORGANISMEN UND ZELLKULTUREN GMBH
Germany
Address
Mascheroder Weg 1B
38124 Braunschweig
INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT
France
Address
Rue La Fayette 213
97492 Sainte-clotilde
INTERNATIONAL PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES INSTITUTE
Italy
Address
Via Delle Chiese 142
00145 Roma
ISTITUTO SPERIMENTALE PER LA FRUTTICOLTURA
Italy
Address
Via Di Fioranello 52
00134 Roma
UNIVERSITY OF ABERTAY DUNDEE
United Kingdom
Address
Bell Street Kydd Building
DD1 1HG Dundee
UNIVERSITY OF DERBY
United Kingdom
Address
Kedleston Road
Derby