EU.CHERRY

Collaborative action for updating, documenting and communicating the cherry patrimonial richness in EU

Activity Coordinator: Marine Blouin-Delmas Email

On 5 February 2016, the proposal on "Collaborative action for updating, documenting and communicating the cherry patrimonial richness in EU (EU.CHERRY)", re-submitted by the Prunus Working Group for funding under the ECPGR Activity Scheme (Second Call), was selected by the Executive Committee.

Implementation

October 2017
During spring 2017, SSR analysis of the 324 cherry accessions from 19 countries was performed (EU.CHERRY and COST CHERRY partners).

192 of the samples appeared to be unique. The 132 other samples were grouped as 39 unique genotypes. This result will be compared to the result of the analysis of the C&E data. C&E data from 187 accessions (EU.CHERRY partners only) were compiled and curated this spring too. The analysis of those data is under process.

August 2016
Since the kick-off meeting held on 6 April 2016 , the ten EU.CHERRY partners (Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia and United Kingdom) provided to East Malling Research (EMR - UK) leaves samples from 180 cultivars (mostly landraces) originally from their own countries. They also characterized those cultivars with, at least, a minimum set of 16 common C&E descriptors. Moreover, especially thanks to the collaboration with the COST Action FA1104 on “Sustainable production of high-quality cherries for the European market", the EMR laboratory has received samples of cultivars originally from 11 other countries (Croatia, Hungary, Iran, Lithuania, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain and Ukraine). Next steps are SSR analysis, compilation of data and data upload to EURISCO and the European Prunus Database.

April 2016
The kick-off meeting was held on 6 April 2016 in Naoussa, Greece, jointly with the meeting of the COST Action FA1104 on “Sustainable production of high-quality cherries for the European market". ECPGR Activity partners selected 165 sweet cherry accessions to be characterized and evaluated in the course of the project according to agreed descriptors. Those 165 accessions and more than 100 other accessions from COST Action FA1104 partners will be used to re-assess the ECPGR SSR marker set for genotyping sweet cherry; the analysis will be done by East Malling Research, UK.

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