Training on identification of botanical varieties in Triticum species

Activity Coordinator:Pavol Hauptvogel

The project "Training on identification of botanical varieties in Triticum species", submitted by the Wheat 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.


January 2020
An overview of the characteristics of the different Triticum species studied during the training workshop was prepared by Emmanuelle Escarnot and Noor Bas, and validated by Michiel van Slageren. This overview is available below in Excel format.

September 2019
The workshop “Training on identification of botanical varieties in Triticum species” was  held 17-19 September 2019 at the Research Institute of Plant Production, National Agricultural and Food Centre in Piešťany, Slovakia.
Genebank curators and other wheat researchers from 12 countries were trained by experts K. Marhold (Slovak Academy of Science, Bratislava), M. van Slageren (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) and E. Zuev (Vavilov Institute of Plant Genetic Resources, St. Petersburg).  
Training focused on the International Code of of Botanical Nomenclature, the taxonomy of wheat and the practical recognition of the main wheat taxa, including Aegilops and the diploid, tetraploid and hexaploid Triticum species. Trainers were advised that a new taxonomic revision of wheats is in preparation by van Slageren and is expected to be published in 2020. The workshop promoted a wider adherence by genebank and database managers to correct and accepted denominations of wheats, aiming at improving data quality in EURISCO.