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ECPGR Wild Species Conservation in Genetic Reserves Working Group

Grant Scheme Activities

Second Call (2015)
First Call (2014)

Working Group activities and related events

June 2017
Innovative breeding research project underpins the value of genetic reserves
(A note by Lothar Frese and Gina Capistrano-Gossmann)
“Crop wild relative populations of Beta vulgaris allow direct mapping of agronomically important genes” is the title of a paper recently published in Nature Communications (Capistrano-Gossmann et al. 2017). The researchers used two CWR populations of Beta vulgaris subsp. maritima for fine mapping and rapid identification of a Rhizomania resistance gene.  [read more]   [4] (38 KB)

April 2017
Crop wild relative conservation strategies:  the final Activity Report and the proceedings of the Joint Nordic/ECPGR Workshop are now available online [here]  [1]

November 2016
A National training workshop “In situ conservation of crop wild relatives and diversity assessment techniques” took place 14-16 November 2016, Plant Breeding and Acclimatization Institute, Radzików, Poland.  Programme  [5] (784 KB)

September 2016
The meeting of the Activity “CWR Conservation Strategies” was held 19–22 September 2016 in Vilnius, Lithuania, jointly with the Nordic project “Ecosystem services: Genetic resources and crop wild relatives in the Nordic countries”. [more info]   [1]

May 2016
The book  “Enhancing Crop Genepool use: Capturing Wild Relative and Landrace Diversity for Crop Improvement” edited by N Maxted, University of Birmingham, UK, M Dulloo, FAO, Italy, B Ford-Lloyd, University of Birmingham, UK, has recently been published and is now available from the following website:  [6]; A discount of 20% will be granted to all ECPGR WG members by using the discount code CCECG20.


February 2016
ECPGR WG for Forages towards 2020s (Forages 2020): the final Activity Report is now available online [here]  [3]

January 2016
“Genetic diversity of Patellifolia species (GeDiPa)”: the Interim Activity Report (covering the period February- December 2015) is now available online [here]  [2]


December 2015
The project on:  "Promoting implementation of national and regional crop wild relative (CWR) conservation strategies through sharing of knowledge and experience to create an integrated European strategy for CWR conservation"  [8] (127 KB), submitted by the ECPGR Wild Species Conservation in Genetic Reserves Working Group for funding under the second Call of the ECPGR Activity Grant Scheme, was selected by the Executive Committee. [more info]  [1]

November 2015
The Forages 2020 workshop took place 9-11 November 2015 in Alnarp, Sweden [more info]   [3]

March 2015
The  ECPGR Concept for In situ Conservation of crop wild relatives in Europe  [9] (1.4 MB) has been endorsed by the ECPGR Steering Committee.

February 2015
The coordination meeting of the “Genetic diversity of Patellifolia species (GeDiPa)” project was held 17 February 2015 at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain. [more info]  [2]


December 2014
Two projects submitted for funding under the ECPGR Activity Grant Scheme and involving the Wild Species Conservation in Genetic Reserves Working Group were selected by the Executive Committee:

Beta maritima, Galway Ireland. (Photo: D. Grogan)

June 2014
Enhanced Genepool Utilization ‒ Capturing wild relative and landrace diversity for crop improvement.  [13] Joint international conference on utilization and conservation of crop wild relative (CWR) and landrace (LR) diversity for crop improvement of the PGR Secure consortium and the European Association for Research on Plant Breeding (EUCARPIA), 17–20 June 2014, NIAB Innovation Farm, Cambridge, UK.


November 2013
''On the conservation and   [14]sustainable use of plant genetic resources in Europe: a stakeholder analysis'  [14]. Workshop in Wageningen, November 25–29, 2013.

October 2013
'Crop Wild Relative' Issue 9 has been published [PDF]  [15]  [more info and previous issue]  [16]

April 2013
Following the recommendations made by the Thirteenth meeting of the Steering Committee in Vienna (December 2012) a Task Force for “In situ conservation of crop wild relatives” has been established to develop agreed concepts at ECPGR level on in situ conservation of crop wild relatives.

Past events [link to ECPGR Archive]  [17]

Background information

During the Eleventh Steering Committee meeting (Bosnia and Herzegovina, September 2008) it was recognized that the existing Task Forces of the In situ Conservation Network have long-term plans of action and therefore deserve the status of “Working Groups”. The two Task Forces were therefore converted into WGs.




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