ECPGR Solanaceae Working Group

Chair: Willem van Dooijeweert

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Working Group activities and related events

March 2016
New Horizon 2020 project G2P-SOL: A global research alliance to preserve and revive the genetic resources of Solanaceous crops
The accessibility and use of genetic variation present in genebanks and its transfer into crop improvement is currently limited, due mainly to the incompleteness of the available information and a lack of data allowing comparability of genebank accessions held in different countries.
G2P-SOL is a global research alliance bringing together the major European and International repositories hosting germplasm of the four major Solanaceous food crops (potato, tomato, pepper and eggplant).
The G2P-SOL project will focus on harmonisation of information on Solanaceous germplasm resources, and perform sequence-based genotyping and phenotyping for traits of strategic importance for each crop. These activities will lead to a significantly enhanced understanding of the variability held in these highly valuable collections, thus greatly increasing their utility in Solanaceous crop improvement, which will have downstream impacts on food security in the face of rapid environmental changes.
The EU project G2P-SOL started in 2016 and plans to genotype 50 000 accessions of tomato, pepper, eggplant and potato by NGS sequencing. The project involves 19 partners.

January 2016
The Solanaceae Working Group agreed on their crop-specific standards for orthodox seeds (see here)

April 2013
Ad hoc meeting of the Chairs, Vice-Chairs and Database Managers of the ECPGR Solanaceae and Cucurbits Working Groups, 11-12 April 2013, Valencia, Spain [report]

Previous years  [link to ECPGR archive]

Background information

In May 2000, in Vila Real, Portugal, the ECPGR Vegetables Network Coordinating Group recommended also extending collaborative activities to Solanaceae, Cucurbits and Leafy Vegetables and included these crops within the Network's mandate. A Solanaceae Informal Group was formed to start collaboration on genetic resources of some Solanaceae species, mainly eggplant, tomato and pepper, excluding potato, since this species is included in the ECPGR Sugar, Starch and Fibre Crops Network (at that time called Industrial Crops and Potato Network). Within this context, some ECPGR members attended the second meeting of the EU funded project EGGNET: RESGEN PL 98-113 on "Management, conservation and utilization of genetic resources of eggplants (Solanum species)". This first meeting of the Solanaceae Informal Group, held in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, in September 2001 brought together most of the European institutions holding important collections of eggplant, tomato, pepper and their wild relatives.

A proposal to establish a formal ECPGR Working Group on Solanaceae was prepared in Nijmegen and approved by the ECPGR Steering Committee in November 2001.

The Group deals with cultivated and wild relatives of Solanum species (eggplants), Capsicum spp., Lycopersicon spp., Physalis spp. and Cyphomandra spp. All of these species originate from other continents than Europe.

Working Group objectives

Priorities of the Working Group would be to initiate the following activities:

  • Compile inventories of Solanaceae germplasm (passport data) for eggplant, tomato, pepper and some minor crops such as Cyphomandra spp. and Physalis spp.
  • Identify the degree of duplication among the various collections
  • Produce harmonized descriptors and protocols for primary characterization
  • Produce harmonized protocols for seed regeneration and storage
  • Identify the taxonomic status of doubtful (wild) species/accessions maintained in European genebanks