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Adapting Mediterranean vegetable crops to climate change-induced multiple stress (VEG-ADAPT)


2019 - 2022

The OVERALL GOAL of VEG-ADAPT is to contribute to adaptation of vegetable crops to single and multiple stresses induced by climate change in the Mediterranean area.

Cooperation Partners

Francesca Cardinale, Università degli Studi di Torino (UNITO)
Jeroni Galmés, University of Balearic Islands (UIB)
Joaquin Medina, Instituto Nacional de Investigacion y Tecnologia Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA)
Yolanda Saiz, Abiopep S.L. (ABIOPEP)
Rebecca Stevens, Institut National de la Récherche Agronomique - Génétique et Amélioration des Fruits et Légumes (INRA GAFL)
Frédéric Moquet, Gautier Semences (GAUTIER)
Dimitrios Savvas, Agricultural University of Athens (AUA)
Prokopis Pantazis, Agricultural Cooperative Notos (NOTOS)
Naem Mazahrir, The National Agricultural Research Center (NARC)
Rachid Bouharroud, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA-M)
Yuksel Tuzel, Ege University Izmir (EGE),
Arif Metin Karagol, Menemen Chamber of Agriculture (MENEMEN)

To this aim, genetic and physiological traits providing tolerance and resilience to drought, heat, and salinity will be characterized; crop management systems adapted to tolerant/resilient varieties will be optimized; new stress-adapted genotypes will be profiled and/or developed by exploiting local genetic diversity as well as novel genotypes and hybrids.

VEG-ADAPT takes as case studies three major Mediterranean vegetable crops, namely tomato, pepper, and melon, which will be characterized for adaptation to single and multiple stress and tested in the field for tolerance and resilience under different management systems. Research will be focused on phenotype- and genotype-driven selection of adapted genotypes, on discovery of novel molecular processes, on genetic traits and quantitative trait loci (QTLs) linked to tolerance, on optimization of soil amendments, and on development of tolerant rootstocks. Fruit quality, and tolerance to pathogens and pests of the selected genotypes will be taken into account.

The project will deliver environmentally sustainable and cost-effective tangible outputs, such as new genotypes adapted to climate change (efficient in using limited resources/productive in Mediterranean area), and crop management practices suitable for local varieties. These solutions will be developed under conventional agriculture conditions, but their nature (novel genotypes, organic amendments) will make them potentially usable also for integrated and organic systems. The uptake of these results will be enabled through demonstration in Mediterranean farms, and will contribute to mitigation of risks posed by climate-change to food security, health, and social well-being in the Mediterranean basin and beyond.

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