Lathyrus diversity: available resources with relevance to crop improvement – progress reviews and relationship with AEGIS

Activity Coordinator: Creola Brezeanu

The EUGrainLeg Activity, submitted by the Grain Legumes Working Group for funding under the Sixth Call of the ECPGR Activity Grant Scheme, was selected by the Executive Committee and approved in May 2018. According to the request made in the Letter of Award, the original title “Grain legume European PGR: progress reviews and relationship with AEGIS” was modified to "Lathyrus diversity: available resources with relevance to crop improvement – progress reviews and relationship with AEGIS".

Implementation

June 2020
The duration of the Activity was extended till March 2021, to allow inclusion of more data: 

  • Greece: the climatic conditions did not allow carrying out the experiments in 2019 as planned; they were therefore postponed to 2020. 
  • Romania: the field experiments were carried out in 2019 but it was decided to repeat them during a second year to ensure better accuracy of data.

April 2019
The meeting of the EUGrainLeg (Lathyrus diversity) Activity took place 10-11 April 2019 at the Romanian Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences, Bucharest, Romania.

The first day was dedicated to presentations, including some on international projects involving Grain Legumes (BRESOV, ECOBREED) and on the status of national Lathyrus collections represented at the meeting (Bulgaria, Greece, Portugal, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia). Opportunities for cooperation and possibilities to link EUGrainLeg to other major activities and to add value to the results were discussed.
After the sessions, the group visited the Research Center for the study of quality food products “HORTINVEST” and the research green house complex, located at the University of Agricultural Science and Veterinary Medicine.
On the second day the details of EUGrainLeg were discussed, i.e. establishment of working collections, planning of morphological evaluations in the experimental fields of all project members’ countries. The methodology for morphological evaluations and the reference genotypes were agreed upon. A plan for future activities dealing with research topics of interest to the Grain Legumes WG was developed.

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