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Hungary: HUSEEDBANK - Establishment of the Pannon Seed Bank for the long-term ex situ conservation of Hungarian vascular wild plants.

Project reference: LIFE08 NAT/H/000288

Duration: 01-JAN-2010 to 31-DEC -2014

Total budget: 969,090.00

EU contribution: 401,737.00

Project location : Kozep-Magyarorszag,Kozep-Dunantul,Nyugat-Dunantul,Del-Dunantul,Eszak-Magyarorszag,Eszak-Alfold,Del-Alfold,Extra-Regio,Associated Hungary (H)

Background: Around 2 200 wild vascular plant species occur in Hungary within the Pannonian biogeographical region a region rich in biodiversity and endemic species. Since 2003, the country s complex nature conservation objectives have been determined by a national nature conservation master plan part of Hungary s environmental programme. In-situ (on-site) conservation has received high attention, although it is becoming extremely important to establish the national basis for ex-situ (off-site) conservation as well. At the same time, the EU Biodiversity Action Plan aims to identify and fill in critical gaps in the ex-situ conservation programmes for wild species. A proposed Pannonian seed bank for the long-term ex situ conservation of Hungarian vascular wild plants should meet this requirement. The established Hungarian biodiversity monitoring system will provide reliable basic information for setting up the strategy for the Pannonian seed bank concerning seed collection of the wild native flora.

Objectives : The project s main objective is to establish a Pannonian seed bank for the long-term preservation of seeds of the wild vascular flora of the Pannonian biogeographical region to aid in-situ species conservation activities. As well as providing increased security in the event of accidental loss or degradation of endangered rare species, the seed bank may provide additional opportunities for monitoring genetic changes in wild populations. Additionally it will facilitate access to research material, and assist multidisciplinary studies on maintaining diversity and stability in plant associations.

Specifically, the project will: Expand the current functions of the existing agricultural gene bank at the research centre for agrobotany (TEipiEszele) of the central agricultural office by using professional expertise, existing knowledge and infrastructure (storage and laboratory capacity) in a cost-effective way; Collect and store by project end, approximately 50% of the Hungarian native flora (at least 800 species). A strategy will be developed for seed collection of wild vascular plants, assessing the existing seed collection and ex-situ storage methodology; Develop a computer-based information system for data management of the Pannonian seed bank;

Establish storage capacity for duplicates at two geographically different locations: in a mine in the Aggtelek national park, and at the institute of ecology and botany in VEicrEitEt; Select seed bank samples to be used for pilot reintroduction in a typical sand steppe community with priority habitats in the KiskunsEig national park, a Natura 2000 site; and Carry out an intensive communication programm

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Publication:Mena Report
Geographic Code:4EXHU
Date:Oct 16, 2013
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