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European Small Berries Genetic Resources, GENBERRY

 Béatrice Denoyes-Rothan1, Laurent Richard1, Bruno Mezzetti2, Walther Faedi3, Maria Luigia Maltoni3, Gianluca Baruzzi3, Edward Zurawicz4, Margaret Korbin4, Audrius Sasnauskas5, Philippe Chartier6, Monika Hoefer7, Julie Graham8, Stuart Gordon8, Josef Sanchez Sevilla9, Mihail Coman10, Paulina Mladin10.

 1, UREF – INRA, 71 Avenue Edouard Bourlaux, BP81, 33883, Villenave d’Ornon Cedex, France

2, SAPROV – UNIVPM, P.zza Roma 22, 60121, Ancona, Italy

3, CRA-FRF, Via La Canapona, 1Bis -  47100, Forlì, Italy

4, INSAD, Pomologiczna 18, PO Box 105, 96-100, Skierniewice, Poland

5, LIH, Kauno 30, LT-54333, Babtai, Lithuania

6, Ciref Création Variétale Fraises Fruits Rouges, Maison Jeannette, 24140, Douville, France

7, JKI-ZGO, Pillnitzer Platz 3a, D-01326 Dresden, Germany

8, SCRI, DD2 5DA, Dundee, Great Britain

9, IFAPA, Tabladilla s/n, 41071, Sevilla, Spain

10, FRIP, Marului street 402, PO Box 73, 1, Pitesti, Romania

 Abstract
FRANCE ITALY POLAND LITHUANIA GERMANY SPAIN ROMANIA

 GENBERRY project promotes conservation and characterization of genetic diversity of small berries, particularly strawberry and raspberry. This project is supported by the European Commission (Direction Générale de l’Agriculture, DG-AGRI).

Small berry fruits are important to their high content of human health benefits meanwhile their production is vital for maintaining activities in European rural areas. In the last few years, a major preoccupation has been the breeding of new varieties well adapted to local European regions. . Breeding for new objectives requires genetic resources which possess the new desirable agronomic traits whether as resistances to pest and diseases or with a high content of health promoting compounds. It also important to reorganize and maintain the EU genetic resources of berry crops, which are adapted to different EU rural and highly cultivated conditions.

The objective of the GENBERRY project is to ensure that agricultural biodiversity of small berries, strawberry and red raspberry, is preserved and characterized for use iin further breeding programs. This project is based on the notion of networking, considering that maximum added-value can only be reached by bringing together otherwise rather scattered competences on techniques of cultivation, phenotypic description, molecular biology, as well as evaluation for health value compounds and disease resistances. Networking will also allow for rationalization of the European collection and the adoption of harmonized procedures and techniques. Ten partners from eight European countries (France, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Spain) are involved in this cooperation.

 Summarizing, this project will help for

(1) the improvement of the ex situ conservation toward the construction of core collections of strawberry and red raspberry.

(2) the description of the European collections using passport data and primary and secondary descriptors.

(3) the characterization of the European collections using molecular markers, health nutritional compounds and diseases evaluation of a large subset of the collections.

(4) the establishment of an European small berry database, firstly constructed for strawberry.


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