ECPGR Umbellifer Crops Working Group

Chair: Charlotte Allender

Working Group activities and related events

October 2017
The report of the first meeting of the CarrotDiverse partners is now available online [more info]

July 2017
The first meeting of the CarrotDiverse partners was held 4-5 July 2017 in Braga, Portugal. [more info]

December 2016
The project on "Improving the characterization and conservation of umbellifer crop wild relatives in Europe (CarrotDiverse)", submitted by the Umbellifer Crops Working Group for funding under the Fourth Call of the ECPGR Activity Grant Scheme, was selected by the Executive Committee. [more info]

June 2013
The second meeting of the ECPGR Umbellifer Crops Working Group was held 26-28 June 2013 at VIR, St Petersburg, Russian Federation [link to ECPGR archive]

Previous years [link to ECPGR archive]

Background information

In August 1997 an ad hoc group of workers interested in carrot held an ad hoc meeting supported by ECPGR, in conjunction with the fifth meeting of the EUCARPIA Carrot Working Group hosted by the Department of Genetics, University of Agriculture, Krakow, Poland.

The discussions led to the realization that within the group and national programmes there was a broader interest in Umbellifers, in addition to carrot. The group decided it would be logical and more efficient to combine all these interests into an Umbellifer Crops Working Group. However, with such a potentially large number of genera within the Umbelliferae, a decision was taken to limit interest and activities to crops and wild taxa within nine genera including Anethum (dill), Apium (celery), Carum (caraway), Chaerophyllum (chervil), Coriandrum (coriander), Daucus (carrot), Foeniculum (fennel), Pastinaca (parsnip) and Petroselinum (parsley).

A proposal to establish a formal Working Group on Umbellifer Crops was accepted by the Steering Committee in July 1998.