EURISCO is a web-based catalogue that provides information about ex situ plant collections maintained in Europe.
EURISCO is based on a European network of ex situ National Inventories (NIs) that makes the European plant genetic
resources data available everywhere in the world. The EURISCO Web Catalogue automatically receives
data from the NIs through country National Focal Points (NFPs).
The EURISCO Catalogue contains passport data about 1.8 million samples of crop diversity representing more than 6,200
genera and more than 41,600 species (genus-species combinations including synonyms and spelling variants) from 43 countries
(updated January 2016).
These samples of crop diversity represent more than half of the ex situ accessions maintained in Europe and roughly
16% of total worldwide holdings. EURISCO is a one-stop shop window using international standards for information on
ex situ plant collections that enables users to search and access information on food crops, forages, wild-and-weedy
species, including cultivars, landraces, farmers' varieties, breeding lines, genetic stocks and research material.
Following the mandate and guidance given by the ECPGR Steering Committee, EURISCO is hosted at and maintained by
IPK Gatersleben on behalf of
Bioversity International, which acts as the legal
entity of the Secretariat of the European Cooperative
Programme for Plant Genetic Resources (ECPGR), in collaboration with and on behalf of the National Focal
Points for the National Inventories.
EURISCO is working with NFPs to improve the search mechanisms, data and metadata standards, web services and other
necessary components of an Internet-based information infrastructure for ex situ plant genetic resources. EURISCO
makes data from the NIs available to users around the world. These data are made available according to the existing