Q-bank offers descriptions of well characterized regulated plants pests. It comprises ecological, morphological, physiological, and sequence data of items that are available in physical collections of plantpathogenic bacteria, fungi, insects, nematodes, phytoplasmas, viruses and viroids, and invasive plants.
Q-bank serves as an identification and detection reference database for phytosanitary organizations: national plant protection organizations, general inspection bodies, and private laboratories. The descriptions of the items in the databases are an indispensable tool to identify and detect harmful quarantine organisms.
Q-bank comprises data of properly documented species and strains present in collections from which items can be obtained for further studies or use as controls in identification and detection tests.
The entries in Q-bank are continuously updated by a team of curators with taxonomic, phytosanitary and diagnostic expertise from world-wide national plant protection organizations and institutes with connections to relevant phytosanitary collections. Where relevant, information is linking to other databases such as European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO).
Q-bank is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation and by QBOL, an EU-project with partners from 20 countries including The Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, France, Denmark and Italy.
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Q-bank initiative: factsheet (pdf)