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DiVicia: a PRIMA project to revalorize faba bean and vetches in Mediterranean agriculture

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Slides presented during "Pushing the boundaries in Legume Breeding "

Webinar 5: European legumes in transition 29th April 2021

 "DiVicia: a PRIMA project to revalorize faba bean and vetches in Mediterranean agriculture"  

DiVicia (2020-2023) is a project funded by PRIMA (Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area. It is coordinated by ESA, France and aims at restoring agrodiversity by revalorizing faba bean and vetches in Mediterranean cropping systems. One major work package addresses characterization and increase of genetic diversity in Vicia faba and V. sativa. For this, a collection of 300 Mediterranean accessions of each species has been gathered, multiplied and distributed among partners for characterization. They are currently being field phenotyped in multiple environments to support modeling of GxE interactions to predict genotype responses under climate change scenarios. Dedicated screening for major diseases and drought responses will take place for both species. The project collections will also be genotyped by high-throughput genotyping-by-sequencing. Phenotypic and genotypic data will be used to realize Genome Wide Association Studies to deliver molecular markers closely linked to the traits of interest, to speed-up screening breeding steps

Presented by : Prof Diego Rubiales - Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, CSIC, Córdoba, Spain

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