We have developed a comprehensive web-enabled sample database using the open-source software Specify (The University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute). This bioinformatics resource provides a user-friendly web environment for sample requests, sample-use monitoring, reporting, updating, and gathering of statistical information on how genetic material is being used. It will also allow us to identify where genetic material from endangered species is already stored in institutions in the UK and around the world and determine which gene pools need to be prioritised for collection and preservation.

Our web portal is now live and will continue to grow!

We will be periodically updating the CryoArks web portal with sample metadata for new and legacy collections that are now discoverable and accessible through the CryoArks consortium partners and member institutions.

We will be sharing details of each collection on our news and twitter feeds as they are uploaded so keep an eye out for new samples that may be useful for your research.

Tips for searching the web portal:

  • The database can be explored by using the Express Search function or by using all key sample information including species name, common name, location and sample type by selecting the Advanced Search dropdown menus. Please note that the Advanced Search function is case-sensitive.
  • If you select Advanced Search, enter “CA” in the Catalog Number field and select “contains” in the adjacent filter you will see all records within the CryoArks collections.
  • If you encounter any issues with your search please contact us.

Requesting samples?

If you are requesting samples from CryoArks please fill in a request form and send it to or fill in the online version.