OLIVE GENETIC RESOURCES
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Climate change and emerging diseases threaten olive production. Genetic erosion means a high risk since only a 5 % of olive varieties present in the worldwide harvested area are commercially-exploited. Olive genetic resources (GenRes) could offer a solution, but these remain unexploited due to the limited development of pre-breeding activities and the lack of collaboration between germplasm banks and farmers/breeders.
 

Remains untapped and unutilised and are only preserved in Germplasm Banks. The real genetic erosion lies here! These varieties can lie dormant if no triggered by specific actions that help them become active, explorable and transferable to the end users. GEN4OLIVE will help overcome this problem.

GEN4OLIVE
GOALS

Developing collective pre-breeding activities to characterize olive germplasm and an innovative and user-friendly interface to make genetic resources accessible for the end user

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GEN4OLIVE IMPACTS

Mobilization of Olive GenRes through pre-breeding activities ensuring information availability for end users

Development of harmonised protocols for enhancing coordination among Olive Germplasm Banks (over 15 protocols).

Provide selected olive progenitors for new breeding lines (6 per topic)

Bridge the gap between Germplasm Banks and end-users (over 40 SMEs beneficiaries, 10 pre-breeding projects and 20 breeding plans).

Encourage the connection between leading researchers and Germplasm Banks/end-users (Advisory Board with 10 members).

Patent applications in the area (2 patents applications)

Untap new business opportunities (20 potential business ideas).

 Respond to consumers’ new demands related to healthier and functional foods (15 pre-breeding projects or breeding plans related to consumers’ needs).

Provide evidence-based recommendations in support of genetic resources conservation and management for policy-makers (Best practices and recommendations).

Obtention of new resistant olive varieties to different pest and diseases (significant reduction – up to zero – of chemical inputs in olive growing).

Avoid the genetic erosion risk of the wild resources (organisation, exploration and conservation of wild and ancient olive GenRes).

QUICK STATS

GEN4OLIVE
Overwall Progres
86%
Project Duration
26 months
73%

1st and 2nd Calls for Proposal

Below some stats of the project till now

62

Proposal Received

25

Project Approved

870.000

Allocated budget

26

SMEs Received Grant

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