The Swedish Environmental Specimen Bank (ESB) (Sweden)

The Environmental Specimen Bank (ESB) is an essential part of the monitoring of contaminants in the Swedish fauna. It is also of importance for studies of biological diversity and the effects of noxious substances on threatened animal species. The ESB has one of the oldest and greatest collections of environmental specimens in the world. The oldest samples are collected in the mid-1960s, and for some species continuous series of samples from the late 1960s up to now are stored.