Sampling is the first and arguably most important step in the analytic process. Good sampling practice (GSP) covers a broad field including sampling plans, different approaches to sampling, equipment for sampling, containers, information to be submitted with the sample, transport and storage (Crosby & Patel 1995. ISBN: 9780854044122).
All steps in GSP are equivalently important, but labeling the sample together with documentation and storage has become a major task since numbers of samples became increasing.
Each sample must first of all be manually collected and recorded.
Once the samples have been collected, they can be placed in a SBS rack. To find a sample the rack has to be scanned.
Plant biobanks preserve valuable genetic resources for the future.