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Gene Bank Conservation and sustainable use

The ex situ-conservation of endangered native livestock breeds focus’ on the cryo-preservation of semen. For this, the „Deutsche Genbank landwirtschaftlicher Nutztiere“ has been founded.

German Gene Bank of Farm Animals

Logo German Gene Bank of Farm Animals (Source: German gene bank of agricultural livestock)

The conservation of endangered livestock breeds is supported by the cryo-conservation of semen, ova, embryos and somatic cells in the German Gene Bank of Farm Animals. Cryo-conservation is primarily carried out as a supplement to on-farm conservation.

The German Gene Bank of Farm Animals was founded on 1 January 2016. In addition to the Federal Government, the federal states, with the exception of Bavaria, and the city-states Bremen and Hamburg are partners in this governmental agreement. The office of the gene bank is located at the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute. The IBV is responsible for the documentation of the stored material.


Holger Göderz
+49 (0) 228 / 6845-3370

Lisa Balzar
+49 (0) 228 / 6845-3671

Federal Office for Agriculture
and Food
Unit 331
Deichmanns Aue 29
D-53179 Bonn