As candidate for Partnership in PRIMA consortium we offer our expertise in the following area:
• Plant material: a collection of in vitro germplasm of potato (Italian cultivars, historical foreign cultivars, local agro-ecotypes, and wild relatives) and pre-breeding materials developed at our Institute
• Experience in selection and genetic improvement of potato for the development of new Italian genetic materials improved for fitness to industrial processing, preservability for the fresh market, resistance to the most important biotic and abiotic stresses, nutraceutical value
• Experience in organic cultivation systems and the possibility to perform open field trials in two different environment
• Facilities and know-how for the extraction of plant secondary metabolites from different biomass sources and subsequent biochemical analysis
We are interested in establishing collaborative projects that focus on Thematic Area 2 and 3 with the aim to:
Exploit new varieties/landraces and wild relative of potato as a source of resistance traits to abiotic and biotic stresses and valuable health-promoting compounds or secondary metabolites with biological activity for use in fine chemicals in organic cultivation systems.
DESCRIPTION OF YOUR ORGANISATION:
Our Institute deals with genetics, genetic improvement, breeding and variety selection and agronomy of different agro-industrial crops and products, with particular attention to the aspects related to the resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses, the sustainability of cultivation and the quality of products in relation to their nutraceutical value, differentiation of selections depending on the needs of different traditional and industrial uses, as well as processing of agricultural products, including chemistry and technology of non-food crops. Additionally, we carry on the maintenance of several collections of varieties (potato, sugar beet, Brassicaceae, hemp, beans, sunflower, pea, tomato, and castor) for germplasm preservation.
We have a good and recognized expertise on potato breeding and genetic improvement for useful traits (e.g. the content of secondary metabolites) and different industrial uses. Moreover, over the past years, a wide collection of potato clones (Italian cultivars, historical foreign cultivars, local agro-ecotypes, and wild relatives), varieties and pre-breeding material have been developed and is nowadays maintained in vitro.
The Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area will devise new R&I approaches to improve water availability and sustainable agriculture production in a region heavily distressed by climate change, urbanisation and population growth