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Biobanking Resources

Biodiversity Biobanking
A Handbook on Protocols and Practices

Immediate action is needed to address the unprecedented global decline in biodiversity. This publication emphasizes the role of biobanks as crucial institutions for ex-situ conservation and the archival of molecular samples. It also discusses the importance of collaboration and standardization among biobanks to address research and taxonomic gaps, harmonize data visualization, optimize protocols, and share best practices. The handbook aims to unify information from various biodiversity and environmental biobanking domains, providing guidance on sampling, preservation, storage, and management procedures for a wide range of organisms.

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Cryobanking for Conservation
Maximizing the potential for living cell banks to contribute to global conservation priorities

A global cryobanking database is needed now more than ever. This paper analyzes the representation of species in the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Frozen Zoo® collection and proposes a framework to prioritize species for cryobanking. They identify high-priority species, such as the whooping crane and crested ibis, for future sampling based on conservation assessments and opportunities from zoos and aquariums.

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Overcoming Cryopreservation Challenges
Achievements and limitations of cryopreservation research for biobanking wildlife conservation and proposed R&D initiatives  

Cryopreservation remains the best method for long-term storage of living cells, tissues, and gametes from wildlife for the purposes of safeguarding genetic diversity. However, for most wildlife taxa, methods for collecting and freezing specimens still need to be developed. In this document, we assess the successes and limitations of wildlife cryopreservation research and propose R&D initiatives to overcome these challenges.

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Biobanking in the 21st Century:
A Report on Challenges and Opportunities

Over the past 50 years, the United States has made significant strides to identify species at-risk for extinction and build a system for their recovery. While these programs have proven effective, conservation efforts must be intensified if we are to turn the tide on biodiversity loss.

This report provides an overview of current and future approaches to preserving, managing, and rescuing endangered species. It explores how conservation’s future will be shaped by emerging technologies and approaches.

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