The living collection
The collections are maintained as living trees; two trees for each accession. The latest integrated crop management techniques are used, relying on natural predators, non-pesticide controls and pest and disease modelling to optimise spraying.
Genetic analysis techniques are being used to characterise the diversity held within the collection. This will improve the utility of the material for breeding, as well as aid the management of the collection.
We are developing techniques for cryopreserving accessions in order to create a back-up to the living trees, increasing the security of the living collection.