PRESS RELEASE from ECOBREED consortium: JUNE 2018 With the kick-off meeting held from 27 to 28 June 2018 in Ljubljana, the five year project ECOBREED funded by Horizon 2020 programme, has been officially launched. The project will develop (a) methods, strategies and infrastructures for organic breeding, (b) varieties with improved stress resistance, resource use efficiency and quality and (c) improved methods for the production of high quality organic seed. Activities will focus on four crop species i.e. wheat (both common Triticum aestivum L. and durum Triticum aestivum L., T. durum L.), potato (Solanum tuberosum L.), soybean (Glycine max (L). Merr),
The organic research institute FiBL organises organic field visits to lupin trials. On 5 July 2018 5 different locations will be visited to evaluated the performance of the different cultivars and conditions. Within LIVESEED one specific task is dedicated to breeding white lupin for better adaptation to organic farming. For more information (in French) click the picture.
On 5 July 2018 researchers meet stakeholders for the innovation of organic horticulture in Italy. Open day at CREA-OF Monsampolo (Italy), where participatory breeding is underway on a MAGIC population of tomatoes developed for organic condition in cooperation with seed company ISI Sementi. CREA Monsampolo is a LIVESEED partner engaging with participatory organic tomato breeding, in cooperation with ISI sementi. For more info read the program or contact gabriele.campanelli [at] crea.gov.it. (click on the picture for more information in Italian)
For 3 Days participants exchanged knowledge about organic seed production in Maisse, France ( 4- 7 June 2018). The organic seed producer UBIOS opened its doors to 20 participants from all over Europe. ITAB invited seed producers from Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece which had the chance to visit the seed cleaning station, talk to farmers who produce cereal seeds and to share their knowledge with each other. The practice of one young famer to use intercropping in seed production (faba bean x wheat) was inspiring. The concept of these Cross-Visits is to enable mutual learning
This video introduces the LIVESEED project and project partners explain the need to boost organic seed and plant breeding.
On 9 May 2018 the carrot seeds were sown for a LIVESEED experiment on seed health and quality issues. The experiment is aimed to compare the performance of carrot seed lots infected with the Alternaria radicina fungus pathogen (causal agent of black rot). Three infected seed lots with different levels of seed vigour have been sown after receiving either a hot water treatment or not. Emergence and seedling establishment will be monitored, as well the growth of the crop. After harvest carrots will be stored to analyse development of black rot symptoms.
This years’ Biodiversity Day at CREA Monsampolo agriculture research station, will be focusing on the importance of agricultural biodiversity for organic agriculture and human health. Speakers include Salvatore Ceccarelli (geneticist and plant breeder) and Gabriele Campanelli (organic agriculture researcher and breeder). During the day it will be possible to visit CREA gene bank and organic field trials. CREA Monsampolo is a LIVESEED partner engaging with participatory organic tomato breeding, in cooperation with ISI sementi. For more information contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org www.semirurali.net (click on the picture for more information in Italian)
Organic plant breeder Peter Kunz and FiBL invite you to their field day on organic grain legumes. Wednesday 6 June from 14 – 16h in Feldbach (Swiss) the fields with leguminoses mixed cropping and lupines are visited.
From 17 to 19 April 2018 the LIVESEED partners met in Valencia at the Polytechnic University of Valencia to discuss the project activities.
During the last months the project partners have visited Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria and Romania to understand, evaluate and analyse the current state of organic seed in the countries. National project partners have organised meetings with the ministry, certifiers, seed producers and organic farmers. Information has been exchanged on the practices, problems and opportunities regarding organic seed.