ECOBREED project can’t simply miss being at BIOFACH in Nuremberg, Germany. BIOFACH is the biggest business and congress fair with the focus on organic food in Europe. According to FIBL statistics, organic agricultural land in Europe reached an all-time high with 15.6 million ha and 0.4 million producers; the market exceeded 40.7 million EUR.
This year we are positioned at NATURLAND’s stand in Halle 7a.
Regulation (EU) 2018/848 of the European Parliament and of the Council, that will be applied from 1 January 2021 on, defines for the first time the terms “organic variety suitable for organic production” and “organic heterogeneous material”. The two new proposed categories for the EU’s organic seed law could help to facilitate the use of seeds that are better adapted to local conditions.
Representatives of Crop Research Institute, SELGEN, and SECOBRA attended a workshop, where the new options and adaptations for DUS and VCU testing of organic varieties were discussed with stakeholders and policymakers. The workshop took place in Brussels on February 4th, 2020 and was organised by H2020 projects LIVESEED and INVITE.
Pavol Hauptvogel and René Hauptvogel, representing the ECOBREED’s partner National and Agricultural Food Centre (NPPC), explained why it is important to save the genetic diversity for agriculture. Watch the Farmárska Revue show for small gardeners, farmers, and breeders that was broadcasted 2 days ago at Slovak television. The genetic diversity of Slovak agriculture, stored in the Gene Bank of the Slovak Republic, is already protected in the global seed vault for failure in natural or human-made disasters in Norway. Among the samples are also wheat varieties examined within the ECOBREED project.
Networking with stakeholders and policymakers is crucial for conveying the message of organic plant breeding.
We keep on doing it, this time at the annual event of Slovene Public Agricultural Advisory Service and in the company of European Innovation Partnership projects that are being executed in Slovenia.
The Austrian Seed Association, a partner of the ECOBREED project, hosted the 70th Plant Breeder’s Meeting in Gumpenstein, Austria, in November 2019 under the motto “Plant breeding for sustainability”. More than 100 scientists and plant breeders discussed the latest research results and future developments. The immense contribution of plant breeding to the security and food supply for the increasing world population was emphasized.
BOKU, MTA-ATK, and Secobra were there, too. Along with colleagues from the LIVESEED project.
Crop Research Institute attended the nationwide action Noc vědců (European Researchers’ Night) under the slogan “Sustainably for the planet”. More than 100 scientific workplaces including universities and research institutes in the Czech Republic took part in this scientific fest. The main aim of this action is to bring science to the general public. Buckwheat organic plant breeding attracted lots of visitors, who choose to visit the National Muzeum of Agriculture in Prague as one of the 15 spots powered by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.
Ecobreed project is today presented at the first European Conference on Crop Diversification in Budapest 🇭🇺 Coordinator of the project, Dr. Vladimir Meglič is present with the team of the Hungarian partner MTA-ATK.
The conference aims to explore how sustainable agricultural and food systems can be strengthened through diversification while maintaining productivity, ecosystem services, and resource-efficient and sustainable value chains.
Prof. Mario A. Pagnotta, together with Prof. Carla Ceoloni and Drs Paola Forte and Ljiljana Kuzmanović from Tuscia University presented the first year ECOBREED results at the 53 Annual Congress of the Italian Society of Agricultural Genetics titled “Science and innovation for sustainable agriculture intensification: the contribution of plant genetics and breeding” (http://www.geneticagraria.it/congress_abstract.asp?a_pag=4&Indice=301&id=63) held in Naples from 10th to 13th September 2019.
The soybean team of the Ecobreed project, lead by Kristina Petrović and her deputy Johann Vollmann attended the Autumn Field Days last Friday at the Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops in Novi Sad, Serbia. They presented the work done on organic plant breeding.
2.000 local and foreign guests attended along with representatives from Serbian national and local government.
Dagmar Janovská from the Czech Crop Research Institute and Meiliang Zhou from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences were yesterday presenting how the Ecobreed project will enhance the organic buckwheat breeding at the 14th International Symposium on Buckwheat in Shillong, India. View the program here.