The International Environmental Specimen Bank group

The International Environmental Specimen Bank Group (IESB) promotes the worldwide development of techniques and strategies of environmental specimen banking. IESB seeks international cooperation and collaboration among almost 30 specimen banks around the globe. The IESB online service provides links to established banks and background documents on the work routine.
Environmental specimen banks archive samples from the environment at ultra-low temperatures for future research and monitoring purposes. In addition, the long-term preservation of representative specimens is an important complement to environmental research. Samples that are banked today can be used by future generations to study environmental processes and how they change through time. Currently, environmental specimen banking is experiencing a renaissance due to an increase in regulatory interest in temporal and spatial data from the environment.