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Food and Agriculture (FA) Domain Committee. MONITORING PROGRESS REPORT 2006. 3rd DC meeting, Antalya (TR), 31 Jan – 2 Feb 2007. COST Action 871 Domain Food and Agriculture (FA). Cryopreservation of crop species in Europe. CSO approval date 27/06/2006 Entry into force 20/09/2006

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Food and Agriculture (FA) Domain Committee


3rd DC meeting, Antalya (TR), 31 Jan – 2 Feb 2007

COST Action 871

Domain Food and Agriculture (FA)

Cryopreservation of crop species in Europe

CSO approval date 27/06/2006

Entry into force 20/09/2006

End date 11/12/2010

Action 871: Cryopreservation of crop species in Europe

Participating Countries : 15

Chair :BE


In the pipe-line:



Vavoliv, Russia

Economic Dimension: 38 Million €

Duration: 4 years

Management report data part 2
Management Report data, part 2

  • Chair of the Action:Dr. Bart Panis:

    Laboratory of Tropical Crop Improvement, K.U.Leuven,Kasteelpark Arenberg 13, B-3001 Leuven, BELGIUM

  • Vice chair of the Action:Professor Paul LYNCH

    Biological and Forensic Sciences department,,School of Science

    University of Derby, Kedleston Road

    DE22 1GB Derby, United Kingdom

  • Rapporteur:Dr. Charles Spillane:

    Genetics & Biotechnology Lab, Biochemistry DepartmentUniversity College Cork, Lee Maltings 2.1, Cork, Ireland

  • Science Officer:

    B. STOL

  • Administrative Officer:


  • Action website: in preparation

Management Report data, part 3


The main objective of this action is to improve and apply technologically advanced techniques for plant genetic resources conservation of crops that are grown/ and or conserved in Europe with main emphasis on long-term conservation through cryopreservation.

Management Report data, part 3

Specific objectives of CRYOPLANET ?

  • Objective 1: To screen in detail the current utilization of plant cryopreservation in Europe.

  • Objective 2: To screen and compare the efficiency of existing plant cryopreservation protocols.

  • Objective 3: To improve fundamental knowledge about cryoprotection through the determination of physico-biochemical changes associated with tolerance towards cryopreservation.

  • Objective 4: To develop new plant cryopreservation protocols.

  • Objective 5: To assure the genetic stability and true-to-typeness of plants after cryopreservation.

  • Objective 6: To apply cryopreservation to European plant germplasm collections.

  • Objective 7: To proof the environmental, social and economic impact of plant cryopreservation.


Fundamental aspects of cryopreservation/cryoprotection and genetic stability


Feed back


Technology, application and validation of plant cryopreservation

Management Report data, part 4



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WG1: Fundamental aspects of cryopreservation/cryoprotection and genetic stability

  • 1.1. Fundamental aspect of cryopreservation and cryoprotection

  • Elucidation of the physico-biochemical background of cryoprotection and cryopreservation.

Professor Pawel PUKACKI (chair WG1)

Physiology of Abiotic Stress LabInstitute of Dendrology, Polish Academy of SciencesParkowa 5, 62-035 KornikPoland

WG1: Fundamental aspects of cryopreservation/cryoprotection and genetic stability

  • 1.2. Genetic stability and authenticity

  • Assessment of the genetic integrity of plants to determine if they are ‘true to type’ after cryopreservation.

Dr. M. Angeles REVILLA BAHILLO (co-chair WG1)Departamento Biología de Organismos y SistemasFaculty of Biologia, Universidad de OviedoCatedrático Rodrigo Uría s/n, 33071 OviedoSpain

WG2: Technology, application and validation of plant cryopreservation

  • 2.1. Technology aspects of cryopreservation

  • Applications of different cryopreservation protocols to different plant species and tissues.

Dr. Florent ENGELMANN (chair WG2)UR 141, IRDBP 64501, 911 avenue Agropolis34394 Montpellier cedex 05France

WG2: Technology, application and validation of plant cryopreservation

  • 2.2. Impact and applications of cryopreservation in plants

  • genebanks, establishment of cryo-bank and dissemination of results

Dr. Joachim KELLER (co-chair WG2)

Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research IPKCorrensstraße 3, 466 GaterslebenGermany

State of the art (Europe/rest world) cryopreservation

  • National Seed Storage Laboratory (NSSL) (Fort Collins, Colorado, USA): 2,100 accessions of apple (dormant buds)

  • National Clonal Germplasm Repository (NCGR) of Corvallis (USA): 104 accessions of pear (shoot tips);

  • International Potato Centre (CIP) (Lima, Peru) : 345 potato accessions

  • Tissue Culture BC Research Inc.(Vancouver, BC, Canada) : 5000 accessions representing 14 conifer species

  • AFOCEL (Association Forêt Cellulose) of France, with over 100 accessions of elm (dormant buds);

  • National Institute of Agrobiological Resources (NIAR) of Japan, with about 50 accessions of mulberry.

  • IRD (Montpellier, France) : 80 accessions of oil palm

  • IPK (Gatersleben, Germany)/ DSMZ (Braunschweig, Germany) : 519 old potato varieties

  • INIBAP, Laboratory of Tropical Crop Improvement, K.U.Leuven (Heverlee, Belgium) : 500 banana accessions

Why is cryopreservation not more widely applied? cryopreservation

  • the unavailability of efficient and robust cryopreservation protocols applicable to many plant species and diverse germplasm types

  • limited awareness of plant researchers unacquainted to recent developments in cryogenic storage methods

  • lack of coordinated research on plant cryopreservation.

  •  COST action like “CRYOPLANET” can make the difference

Time table cryopreservation

MC meeting: Management committee meeting; WG meeting: Working group meeting; STSMs: Short-term scientific missions; Workshop*: Timing of the Inter-COST Workshops will be defined in agreement with the Management committee of that specific Action.

Meetings planned
Meetings planned cryopreservation

1/ WG1 meeting

April 13-14 Oviedo (Spain)

Organiser Dr. M. Angeles REVILLA BAHILLO

2/ WG2 meeting combined with meeting of executive committee May 11-12 Firenze (Italy)

Organiser Dr. Lambardi MAURIZIO

3/ Management Committee meeting

In combination with the Society for Low Temperature Biology Annual Scientific meeting at the University of Derby (12-14th Sept 2007) hosted by Professor Paul LYNCH

4/ Training Workshop on DSC and thermal analysis (8 researchers)

End 2007

Organiser Dr. Milos FALTUS (Prague, Czech Republic)

Dissemination plans cryopreservation

  • Articles in refereed scientific journals

  • Common reviews, books

  • A public website (information about the project, the achievements, services/consultancies offered and announcements of training workshops.

  • Information on the official webpages of the collaborating institutions.

  • The consortium will organize workshops for scientists, germplasm curators regulatory bodies and policy makers

  • At the end of the Action, the consortium will offer its expertise as a service to the EU.

  • Presentations at International Conferences, for promoting the European know-how and increasing the international collaboration.

  • Teaching activities in Universities at undergraduate and post-graduate level. Young scientists and engineers will thus be trained and informed on the latest developments in cryopreservation.

    Significant need to develop dissemination plan. This will be a major agenda item at Executive Committee Meeting in May (Firenze). Members of COST 871 need to feedback ideas to the Executive Committee by end of April 2007

Conclusions cryopreservation

  • Everything is in place