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UK Biodiversity Indicators 2020. Indicator C9b – Plant genetic resources – Enrichment Index 2020

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These documents support indicator C9b – Plant genetic resources (Enrichment Index). The documents include a datasheet and technical background document.

Seed banks provide an insurance policy against the extinction of plants in the wild. They complement in situ conservation methods, which conserve plants and animals directly in the wild. The indicator is based on an enrichment Index developed by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO 2010) to assess the genetic diversity held in gene banks. The method factors in duplication and similarity to existing accessions. An upward trending line indicates diversity is being added to collections – the steeper the line, the greater the diversity being incorporated. An accession is a collection of plant material from a particular location at a point in time.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2020·10·15

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK (2020). UK Biodiversity Indicators 2020.

The UK Biodiversity Indicators were first published in 2007. They were created to provide a measure for reporting on the UK’s progress towards meeting international biodiversity goals and targets. The indicators were comprehensively reviewed during 2011 and 2012 to ensure they continued to be based on the most robust and reliable available data, and remained relevant to the new international goals and targets developed in 2010 and 2011.

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Communications, JNCC distributor

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Released under the Open Government Licence v3.0. Attribution statement "Contains public sector information from Defra, licenced under the Open Government Licence v3.0"

Metadata date 2020·10·15

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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