Maize diversity. Photo: V. Babic, Maize Research Institute, Serbia
The Report of a Working Group on Maize, First Meeting, Belgrade, Serbia (2-3 December 2019) is published (available here).
European Evaluation Networks (EVA) – Maize Network. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting of the EVA Maize Project, originally planned for 27-28 May 2020 in Paris, France, was replaced by a virtual meeting on 27 May 2020. [more info]
New EVA Maize component
An extension of the project “Implementation of the ECPGR EVA Network on wheat/barley and vegetable crops (carrot, lettuce and pepper)” was granted by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture with an additional contribution of ca. € 300 000 until November 2022. This extension will enable the newly formed Working Group on Maize to add value to European maize genetic resources within an appropriate framework of public/private partnerships, with adoption of common standards, use of EURISCO and strengthening of the AEGIS collection. In practice, during the project duration a total of 200-500 European genebank accessions of maize will be genotyped and evaluated for biotic and abiotic stresses in multilocation experiments. [more info]
The first meeting of the Working Group took place 2-3 December 2019 in Belgrade, Serbia. more info
Violeta Andjelkovic, Head of Genebank, Maize Research Institute in Zemun Polje, Serbia, was nominated as Chair of the Working Group.
Several countries have already nominated WG members (list available here). The WG will be able to start operating as soon as the Chair will have been nominated (selection process is ongoing).
The Working Group was officially established in 2019, at the beginning of ECPGR Phase X.