Animal Cells and Gametes: Next Generation Biodiversity Resources for Research and Conservation

Europe Biobank Week (EBW) 2020 will take place between 17-20 November and will fully run digitally! The programme includes a mix of live sessions, e-Poster sessions, industry workshops and on-demand sessions. The ‘Animal Cells and Gametes: Next Generation Biodiversity Resources for Research and Conservation’ on-demand session presents novel and challenging cell cryobiology for non-human species, complementing, learning from and informing equivalent areas in the clinical sectors, and will be of great interest to EBW2020 conference delegates from all areas and biobanking disciplines.

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NatSCA blog – CryoArks: Discover The UK’s First Zoological Biobank

The Natural Sciences Collections Association (NatSCA) is a UK-based membership organisation and charity. It promotes and supports natural science collections, the institutions that house them, and the people that work with them, in order to improve collections care, understanding, accessibility and enjoyment for all. In its latest blog post, NatSCA features CryoArks and highlights how our biobank is now ready to help museums improve and maintain their frozen collections.

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Webinar on Access and Benefit-Sharing in the UK

On 23rd June at 14:00, Katie Bird (Senior Enforcement Officer for Access and Benefits Sharing) will host a seminar providing the background to The Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) supplements the Convention on Biological Diversity’s third objective on the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilisation (research and development) of genetic resources (plants, animals, microbes and other).

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Ocean voyagers – the travels of northern rockhopper penguins across the high seas

The northern rockhopper penguins at Edinburgh Zoo are hugely popular with visitors, engaging and inspiring children and adults alike on a daily basis. This species is one of seven types of crested penguin which together form the Eudyptes genus, which means ’good diver’ in Ancient Greek. Read more about how samples available through CryoArks are helping to better understand this charismatic species.

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GenRes Bridge Workshop

Sílvia Pérez-Espona attended two GenRes Bridge (Genetic resources for a food-secure and forested Europe) workshops as representative of IUCN’s CGSG and the CryoArks project. GenRes Bridge is an EU-funded project with the main objective to develop an integrated strategy and a framework for the crop, forest and animal genetic resources domains. The two back-to-back workshops took place in Tuusala (Finland) between 28th-31st of October 2019 and were organised by project partners from Luke and NIBIO.

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Fishing rectangular midwater trawls at St Helena Sea Mounts

It was a long 5 days transit to St Helena, dealing with sea sickness and adjusting back to day time hours for a short period. But there is nothing like a sunny day at sea and we were very lucky to have quite a few of those during our travels. Whist in transit one of the things that struck me most was how the birds seemed to disappear as we transitioned to the warmer, more tropical climate.

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Fishing rectangular midwater trawls at Tristan Da Cunha Sea Mounts

In the vast South Atlantic Ocean, the most remote inhabited island on the planet suddenly rises up out of the sea. Not having seen land since I boarded the RRS Discovery and she departed Stanley in the Falklands 8 days before, it was an exciting sight. The island’s volcanic nature is evident not only by its sharp peak but also by the black rock flow visible near the settlement, a reminder of a previous eruption.

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