UK virtual Environmental Specimen Bank (UK-vESB)

In the UK, we spend about £16 million each year on collecting and archiving environmental (e.g. biological and chemical) samples for research. The UK virtual environmental specimen bank aims to maximise the return on this investment by creating a centralised open access catalogue. This catalogue will allow specimen collections to be discoverable and allow exploration of what has been collected. Visitors can view the range of samples available for research along with the standard operating procedures, protocols and best practice employed. By improving access to information on archived specimens, researchers will be able to develop new science and identify trends in emerging environmental pressures and threats.

This work was supported by the Natural Environment Research Council award number NE/R016429/1 as part of the UK-SCAPE programme delivering National Capability.