ECPGR On-farm Conservation and Management Working Group

Chair: Valeria Negri email    Vice-Chair: Pedro Manuel Reis Mendes Moreira email   

Recent events

  • 'On the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources in Europe: a stakeholder analysis'.  Workshop in Wageningen, November 25–29, 2013 [more info]
  • Establishment of a Task Force for "On-farm management and conservation of landraces" Following the recommendations made by the Steering Committee during their last meeting in Vienna in December 2012, a Task force for “On-farm management and conservation of landraces” has been established to develop agreed concepts at ECPGR level on On-farm management and conservation of landraces. [More info]

Past events

Background information

Vegetables field in Istria, Croatia (Photo by courtesy of Z. Matotan)

During the Eleventh Steering Committee meeting (Bosnia and Herzegovina, September 2008) it was recognized that the existing On-farm Conservation and Management Task Force has long-term plans of action and therefore deserved the status of “Working Group". The Task Force was therefore converted into WG.

What is a landrace?
“A landrace is a dynamic population(s) of a cultivated plant that has historical origin, distinct identity and lacks formal crop improvement, as well as often being genetically diverse, locally adapted and associated with traditional farming systems.”
(From: Camacho Villa, T.C., N. Maxted, M.A. Scholten and B.V. Ford-Lloyd. 2005. Defining and identifying crop landraces. Plant genetic resources: characterization and utilization 3(3):373–384).

“A landrace of a seed-propagated crop can be defined as a variable population, which is identifiable and usually has a local name. It lacks “formal” crop improvement, is characterized by a specific adaptation to the environmental conditions of the area of cultivation (tolerant to the biotic and abiotic stresses of that area) and is closely associated with the traditional uses, knowledge, habits, dialects, and celebrations of the people who developed and continue to grow it”.
(Proposed by V. Negri, combining several other definitions).


Examples of successful national activities contributing to the in situ, on farm conservation

Methodologies for reintroduction and management of traditional varieties, involving farmers and local communities [under construction]

Directory of involved Institutions and NGOs

Other links


Listed by author's alphabetical order:

  • Maxted Nigel, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom  [PDF] (20 KB) 
  • Mendes Moreira Pedro Manuel Reis, Escola Superior Agrá de Coimbra, Portugal  [PDF] (12 KB) 
  • Negri Valeria, University of Perugia, Italy  [PDF] (16 KB) 
  • Ruiz Martines Juan José, University Miguel Hernandez, Spain  [PDF] (17 KB) 
  • Vögl Christina Reinhard, BOKU-University of natural Resources and Appliced Life Sciences, Austria  [PDF] (16 KB) 
  • Vögl-Lukasser Brigitte, BOKU-University of Natural Resources and Appliced Life Sciences, Austria  [PDF] (9 KB) 

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