ECPGR Wheat Working Group

Chair: François Balfourier

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Working Group activities and related events

October 2017
Announcement  –  Breeding cereals for sustainable agriculture (EUCARPIA cereal section meeting and 2nd International Wheat Innovation Workshop, March 2018, Clermont-Ferrand, France)

October 2017
The meeting of the TRISECA Activity Partners, organized in collaboration with the Plant Breeding and Acclimatization Institute (IHAR), took place 3-4 October 2017 in Radzików, Poland [more info]

May 2016
The project on "Identification and updating data of eligible AEGIS accessions in both wheat and rye species (TRIticum and SECale in AEGIS = TRISECA)", submitted by the Wheat Working Group for funding under the ECPGR Activity Grant Scheme, was selected by the Executive Committee. [more info]

February 2016

  • "Triticum in AEGIS: Identification and Documentation (TRAID)"
    The final Activity Report and related data are now available online [here]
  • Meeting of a Wheat Initiative Expert Working Group, 2-3 February 2016, ICARDA, Rabat
    Created in 2011 following endorsement from the G20 Agriculture Ministries, the Wheat Initiative provides a framework to establish strategic research and organisation priorities for wheat research at the international level in both developed and developing countries.  François Balfourier, Chair of the ECPGR Wheat WG, was nominated as member of the Steering Committee of the “Global Wheat Germplasm Conservation and Use Community Expert Working Group” of the Wheat Initiative. He attended the Expert Working Group meeting where he gave a presentation on ECPGR and AEGIS and their wheat-related activities.

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

September 2015
The meeting of the project "Triticum in AEGIS: Identification and Documentation: TRAID" took place 15-17 September 2015 in Tallinn, Estonia. [more info]

December 2014
The project on "Identification and update C&E data of AEGIS Triticum sp. Accessions (Triticum in AEGIS: Identification and Documentation: TRAID)", submitted by the Wheat Working Group for funding under the ECPGR Activity Grant Scheme, was selected by the Executive Committee.

The AEGIS supported project ‘Improving the prerequisites for a European rye collection’ has been concluded. Based on a survey and a workshop that involved the main rye collection holders in Europe, the project produced a draft of rye germplasm conservation procedures, a draft descriptor list for cultivated rye and a provisional list of Secale candidate European Accessions [more info]

Previous years  [link to ECPGR archive]

Activities carried out in Europe on genebank material

Data provided by our members and partners 

Background information

Following an ECPGR ad hoc meeting on wheat held in Paris, France, in May 1996, the ECPGR Working Group on Wheat was officially established by the ECPGR Steering Committee in July 1998. The Working Group met for the first time in Prague, Czech Republic, November 2001. The second meeting took place in September 2005 in La Rochelle, France.