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European projects




BioCASE: A Biological Collection Access Service for Europe

Establishment of a web-based information service providing researchers with unified access to biological collections in Europe while leaving control of the information with the collection holders.

ENBI (European Network for Biodiversity Information)

The main objective of ENBI is to establish a strong European network for making primary biodiversity data accessible through an integrated shared information infrastructure.

EPGRIS (European Plant Genetic Resources Information Infrastructure)

Establishment of a European Search Catalogue (EURISCO) with passport information of Plant

Genetic Resources maintained ex situ in Europe.

Euro+Med PlantBase: The Information Resource for Euro-Mediterranean Plant Diversity

Provision of an on-line database and information system for the vascular plants of Europe and the Mediterranean region, against an up-to-date and critically evaluated consensus taxonomic core of the species concerned.

European Platform for Biodiversity

A Thematic Network which aims to improve the effectiveness and relevance of European biodiversity research, to contribute to European Research Area for Biodiversity and to promote the dissemination of current best practices and information regarding the scientific understanding of biodiversity conservation.

The MEDUSA Network: Conservation and Sustainable Use of Wild Plants of the Mediterranean Region

The identification of native and naturalised plants of the Mediterranean Region, according to use categories; creation of a Regional Information System; preliminary evaluation of the conservation status and potential utilisation in agriculture.

European organisations and networks

ECP/GR (European Cooperative Programme for Crop Genetic Resources Networks)

A collaborative programme among most European countries aimed at ensuring the long term conservation and facilitating the increased utilization of plant genetic resources in Europe.

EEA (European Environment Agency)

The EEA's core task is to provide decision-makers with the information needed for making sound and effective policies to protect the environment and support sustainable development.

EUCARPIA (European Association for Reserach on Plant Breeding)

EUCARPIA aims to promote scientific and technical co-operation in the field of plant breeding in order to foster its further development.

European Commission Community Research: Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development (EESD)

One of the four thematic programmes of the Fifth (EC) RTD Framework Programme (1998-2002).  PGR Forum is funded under this programme.

Planta Europa

Planta Europa is a network of non-government and government organisations working to conserve the wild plants, both higher and lower, of Europe and their habitats.

IPGRI Regional Office for Europe

Provides advice to countries needing help in establishing and managing national genetic resources programmes.


International organisations, networks and projects

BGCI (Botanic Gardens Conservation International)

Works to educate and promote conservation awareness and sustainablity by providing technical guidance, data and support for Botanic Gardens in over 150 countries worldwide.

Global Facilitation Unit for Underutilized Species

Created to ease and increase information and knowledge exchange in the field of underutilized and neglected species.

IPGRI (International Plant Genetic Resources Institute)

An international research institute with a mandate to advance the conservation and use of genetic diversity for the well-being of present and future generations. It is a Centre of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

IUCN Red List Programme

Coordinates the production of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, which provides taxonomic, conservation status and distribution information on taxa that have been evaluated using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria.

IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC)

The SSC is a science-based network of some 7,000 volunteer experts from almost every country of the world, all working together towards achieving the vision of "A world that values and conserves present levels of biodiversity."

In situ conservation of crop wild relatives through enhanced information management and field application

A UNEP/GEF PDF B Project linking countries and international conservation agencies.



Data sources/portals




BIG (Federal Information System on Genetic Resources)

Integrates relevant data on genetic resources for cultivated and wild flora in Germany by establishing a set of related internet databases.

Crop Wild Relative Information System (CWRIS)

The PGR Forum Crop Wild Relative Information System (CWRIS) is one of the products of the European Crop Wild Relative Diversity Assessment and Conservation Forum (PGR Forum), funded by the European Community Fifth Framework Programme for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development.


The system contains:

  • A searchable catalogue of crops and crop wild relatives of Europe and the Mediterranean region

  • An information management model for crop wild relative data, illustrated with a number of case studies, and with an accompanying XML schema

ePIC (Electronic plant information centre)

A data portal providing links to IPNI (International Plant Names Index), Kew Record of Taxonomic Literature, and SEPASAL.

EUNIS (European Nature Information System)

The EUNIS Database web application provides access to publicly available data in a consolidated database.
The information includes:


  • Data on Species, Habitats and Sites compiled in the framework of NATURA2000 (EU Habitats and Birds Directives),

  • Data collected from frameworks, data sources or material published by ETC/BD (formerly the European Topic Centre for Nature Conservation).

  • Information on Species, Habitats and Sites taken into account in relevant international conventions or from International Red Lists.

  • Specific data collected in the framework of the EEA's reporting activities, which also constitute a core set of data to be updated periodically.

EURISCO (European Internet Search Catalogue)

Ex situ holdings of European PGR, including information on:

  • Institute name and country

  • Number of accessions

  • Collecting location and source

  • Sample status.


Euro+Med PlantBase: The Information Source for Euro-Mediterranean Plant Diversity

  • Taxonomic data

  • Distribution and status of occurrence

  • A conservation database is under development.

GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility)

GBIF encourages, coordinates and supports the development of worldwide capacity to access the biodiversity data held in natural history museum collections, libraries and databanks.

GRIN TAXONOMY (Germplasm Resources Information Network)

GRIN taxonomic data provide the structure and nomenclature for accessions of the National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS), part of the National Genetic Resources Program (NGRP) of the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Agricultural Research Service (ARS). In GRIN TAXONOMY all families and genera of vascular plants and over 40,000 species from throughout the world are represented, especially economic plants and their relatives. Information on scientific and common names, classification, distribution, references, and economic impacts are provided.

ILDIS (International Legume Database and Information Service)

ILDIS is an international project which aims to document and catalogue the world's legume species diversity in a readily accessible form.

IPGRI Regional Office for Europe: Germplasm databases

Facilitates access to existing germplasm databases related to agricultural crops and forest trees species in Europe.

IPNI (International Plant Names Index)

A list of plant names giving place of publication, storing c1.4 million scientific plant names.  Comprising data from 3 hitherto separate indexes (Index Kewensis, Gray Card Index and the Australian Plant Name Index), IPNI is the result of a collaboration between Kew Gardens, the Harvard Herbaria and the Australian National Herbarium, Canberra.  IPNI data is copyright the Plant Names Project.  You may not download more than 2,000 records.

IUCN Red List

Taxonomic, conservation status and distribution information on taxa that have been evaluated using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria.

Kew Record of Taxonomic Literature

A bibliography of over 200,000 publications published since 1971 and relating to the taxonomy of flowering plants, gymnosperms, and ferns.  It also includes references on phytogeography, nomenclature, chromosome surveys, floras and botanical institutions, along with relevant bibliographies and biographies.

Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops

  • Taxonomic data

  • Uses

  • Some geographical distribution data.

The MEDUSA Network: Conservation and Sustainable Use of Wild Plants of the Mediterranean Region

The identification of native and naturalised plants of the Mediterranean Region, according to use categories; creation of a Regional Information System; preliminary evaluation of the conservation status and potential utilisation in agriculture.

Plant Conservation in European Countries

Provides contacts, information and web links on plant conservation throughout Europe.

REFORGEN (FAO Worldwide Information System on Forest Genetic Resources)

Database of forestry species searchable on a country basis.  Gives information of varying detail on status (is species native, planted, and/or occurs in natural populations?), uses, socio-economic importance, endangered status, in situ and ex situ conservation measures, breeding information, and contact details (national).

SEPASAL (Survey of Economic Plants for Arid and Semi-Arid Lands)

A database of useful species of wild and semi-domesticated vascular plants of tropical and sub-tropical drylands.  Uses, distribution, use-related properties, environmental tolerances, synonymy and vernacular names are stored for more than 6,200 species.

SINGER (The CGIAR System-wide Information Network for Genetic Resources)

The genetic resources information exchange network of the International Agricultural Research Centres of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).  It provides access to information on the collections of genetic resources held by the CGIAR Centres.  Together, these collections comprise over half a million samples of crop, forage and tree germplasm of major importance for food and agriculture.

TDWG (Taxonomic Databases Working Group)

The International Working Group on Taxonomic Databases establishes international collaboration among biological database projects to promote the wider and more effective dissemination of information about the World's biological organisms.

WIEWS (World Information and Early Warning System on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA))

Portal for a number of relational databases, including:

  • The Country Profiles database, including the structure of 190 national PGR programmes and activities;

  • The Ex situ Collection database, containing summary records of PGR holdings (more than 5 million accessions belonging to more than 18,000 species) reported by more than 1,500 national, regional or international genebanks;

  • The PGRFA and Seed Laws and Regulations database (70 countries);

  • The World List of Seed Sources database (approx. 8,000 entries from 150 countries);

  • The List of Crop Varieties database (about 65,000 varieties from 1,249 cultivated crops).

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