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ECPGR Potato Working Group

Chair: Roel Hoekstra email   

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Potato varieties (Photo: © R.Vogel)

A proposal on potato was accepted for funding under the second call of the AEGIS Grant scheme. The proposal “Identification of old potato clones having unreliable variety name by means of fingerprinting using microsatellite (SSR) markers to assist in setting up the AEGIS collection for potato cultivars” was submitted by the Centre for Genetic Resources (CGN), The Netherlands. This project will involve partners from SASA, UK and potato curators from IPK, Germany, INRA, France and others. The assigned AEGIS grant (€ 11 000) has been complemented by re-allocation of funds (€ 15 800) that were originally budgeted for a Potato WG meeting. The Steering Committee agreed to this change under the condition that the project would aim at identifying the clones to be included in the European potato collection under the AEGIS regime. These clones will therefore be expected to be documented in EURISCO through the respective National Inventories as AEGIS accessions.
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Background information

The ECPGR Potato Working Group was established in 1998, following a request submitted by the coordinator of the EU project RESGEN - CT95 - 34/45 on "Genetic resources of potato, including conservation, characterization and utilization of secondary potato varieties for ecological production systems in Europe".

The goals proposed for the Working Group consist in coordination and extension of potato genetic resources conservation activities initiated by the EU project:

  • Further development of the central databases on potato varieties and on wild potatoes
  • Improvement of health status of potato genetic resources
  • Characterization/evaluation of potential genetic resources for quality traits and resistance against pests and diseases
  • Rationalization of potato collections included in the Network
  • Sharing of material and results

The Working Group met for the first time in Wageningen, The Netherlands in March 2000, jointly with the final meeting of the EU project.

The tissue culture of potato - new clones's trial (received from CIP) in high-mountain region of Georgia (Photo: © R. Mdivani)

Potato and Tomato (Photo: © C. Mallor)

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