Activity Coordinator: Andreas Katsiotis
The project "Updated MORPHological dEscriptors for Avena Species (UMORPHEAS)", submitted by the Avena Working Group for funding under the Second Call of the ECPGR Activity Grant Scheme for Phase X, was selected by the Executive Committee and approved in November 2019
- Activity proposal (489,2 KB)
After various delays, the Activity has made progress in 2023 with the evaluation of the most suitable traits for the definition of updated Avena descriptors, based on about 120 test lines grown in Cyprus and Slovakia. The evaluation will be repeated during another growing season. Axel Diederichsen from Plant Gene Resources of Canada and Adriana Alercia from the Treaty Secretariat are also collaborating with the Activity.
A kick-off meeting took place online on 11 March 2022. Partners made plans to update the IBPGR Oat descriptors, involving the widest possible global community. A core set of descriptors will be tested in the field, starting from December 2022, with a selected number of diverse accessions. The FAO-ITPGRFA Secretariat also attended the meeting and is offering their expertise for this initiative.
The meeting originally planned 19-20 March 2020 in Birmingham, UK, was cancelled due to the global sanitary situation.
The starting date of the Activity has been postponed to January 2021.