Livestock Biobank

Livestock biobanking aims

CryoArks aims to biobank genetic samples from animals of conservation concern. This includes livestock belonging to rare breeds or genetically distinct populations, where the aim is to capture and preserve as much diversity as possible. Animal breeders, breed societies and researchers across the UK hold genetic material from many different species that may have significant value for the long-term conservation of livestock genetic diversity. Through the collation of sample information and sample collections the CryoArks Livestock Biobanking initiative will build national capacity for livestock genetic research and support the effective use of genetic material for the long-term benefit of farm animal production both nationally and internationally.

Livestock partners

Initial CryoArks livestock biobanking partners include the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), both of whom hold significant collections of livestock genetic material. We welcome the involvement of additional partners with an interest livestock biobanking from both public and private sectors.

How to get involved?

The CryoArks consortium is actively seeking more livestock partners with an interest in registering genetic samples, or as prospective end-users considering possible research collaborations that make use of the biobank.

Becoming a CryoArks partner does not necessarily mean handing over valuable personal or institutional research samples to a common collection. While CryoArks has the capacity to receive and store livestock genetic samples, we are also keen to simply collate information on the existence of biobanked livestock material held around the UK. Sharing this information should allow collection holders to be identified and facilitate collaborative research, making best use of existing resources and avoiding the expense of re-sampling livestock populations.

If you are interested in discussing the CryoArks Livestock Biobanking initiative, please contact Dr Rob Ogden or Dr Silvia Perez-Espona, at the University of Edinburgh.


Dr Rob Ogden
Dr Silvia Perez-Espona
Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
University of Edinburgh
Easter Bush Campus
Roslin, EH25 9RG, UK