IESB International Environmental Specimen Bank Group

The gateway to environmental specimen banking

The International Environmental Specimen Bank Group (IESB) promotes the world-wide development of techniques and strategies of environmental specimen banking. IESB is devoted to both, established Environmental Specimen Banks (ESBs) and new ESBs in the planning stages.

The idea of environmental specimen banking evolved in the second half of the 20th century. First banking activities were set up in the 1960s, e.g., in Sweden (Odsjö 2006) and Japan (Tanabe 2006), and in the U.S.A. in 1979 (Becker and Wise 2006) and Germany (BMU, 2008). Currently, new specimen banks are planned in Korea and France. Milestones for ESB development were international workshops and symposia in Vienna, Stockholm, Charleston, SC (USA) and Sydney.

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Joint activities

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