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UK Biodiversity Indicators 2019. Indicator C9b – Plant genetic resources 2019

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These documents support response indicator: C9b. Plant genetic resources. The documents include a fiche, 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 2019·09·05

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK (2019). UK Biodiversity Indicators 2019.

The UK 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. Since then the indicators have been refined to improve their relevance/quality, and new indicators developed to fill gaps. In this version of the publication as many as possible of the indicators have been updated with new data. In some cases, however, development work is ongoing, and where this is the case, the work to develop them has been described briefly.

Responsible organisation
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 2019·09·05

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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