Sustainable preservation of indigenous South East European legumes and their traditional food and feed products

Project ID: ERA 168
Funding including national funding and EC funding:
Total costs: 193,700 € SEE-ERA.NET PLUS funding: 128,209 €
Project duration: 01.12.2010 / 30.09.2012

The wild and agricultural floras in all West Balkan Countries (WBC) and other South Eastern European regions are rather rich in legume species such pea (Pisum sativum), faba bean (Vicia faba), vetches (Vicia spp.), vetchlings (Lathyrus spp.), lentil (Lens culinaris), chickpea (Cicer arietinum), lupins (Lupinus spp.) and Phaseolus beans. Many of these have became underutilized and nearly forgotten, remained a part of wild flora despite its great agronomic potential and are in danger to be extinct. The strategic goal of this project is to establish an efficient, functional and sustainable network on the genetic resources of annual legume species in the countries of South Eastern Europe and to enable it to be fit into the similar existing EU and other international networks. The participants from the WBC regions should have a benefit in all segments of their research and networking, while the participants from EU will have an opportunity to demonstrate their excellence in the field and play an essential role in assisting the WBC participants in developing their research and networking capacities. The S&T approach of the project will be carried out during 2 years within 2 work packages: WP1 ‘Gathering SEE Legumes’ will be focused on expeditions, mapping, collecting, ex situ and in situ preservation and construction of the database with accessions of collected species, while WP2 ‘Describing SEE legumes’ will be focused on a conventional and molecular characterization of the collected species and an analysis of their nutritional and other values. At the end of each of both project years, there will be held an annual meeting in the form of a workshop where the main achievements in both WPs of the project will be reported, presented and disseminated. The joint catalogue and the reference collection will be regarded as a common good and will be maintained and utilized to the benefit of all project participants, becoming a part of a wider European genetic resource network.


Partners involved:

University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Agriculture
Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Field and Vegetable Crops
8, Trg Dositeja Obradovica
21000 Novi Sad, Serbia
Prof. Branko Cupina

Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique
Unite Mixte de Recherche en Genetique et Ecophysiologie des Legumineuses a Graines (UMRLEG)
17, rue de Sully
21065 Dijon, France
Dr. Gerard Duc

Agricultural Institute of Slovenia
Crop and Seed Science Department
17, Hacquetova
1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Dr. Vladimir Meglic

Agricultural Institute Osijek
Department for Genetics and Breeding Forage Crops
17, Juzno predgradje
31000 Osijek, Croatia
Dr. Tihomir Cupic

Faculty of Agriculture of Joseph Jurii Strossmayer
Crop Science Department, Fodder Crops Cathedra
3 Trg Svetog Trojstva
31000 Osijek, Croatia
Prof. Mirko Stjepanovic

Banat’s University of Agricultural Sciences
Agricultural Technologies, Agriculture Faculty
119. Calea Aradului
300645 Timisoara, Romania
Prof. Ionel Samfira

N.I.Vavilov All-Russia Institute of Plant Industry
Department of Genetic Resources of Grain Legumes
42-44, Bolshaya Morskaya
190 000 Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Prof. Margarita Vishnyakova

Faculty of Agriculture, University of Belgrade
Crop science
11080 Belgrade, Serbia
Prof. Savo Vuckovic

Institute of Mol. Genetics and Genetic Engineering
Laboratory for Plant Molecular Biology
444a, Vojvode Stepe Street
40827 Belgrade, Serbia
Dr. Vesna Maksimovic

Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops
30, Maksima Gorkog
21000 Novi Sad, Serbia
Dr. Vojislav Mihailovic

University of Helsinki
Department of Applied Biology
5. Latokartanonkaari
14 Helsinki, Finnland
Dr. Frederick Stoddard

National Agricultural Research Foundation
NAGREF, Agricultural Research Center of Northern Greece
1 Georgikis Scholis Ave.
57001 Thermi, Greece
Dr. Photini Mylona

Plant Breeding department of Green Lane NGO
16/29, Heratsi St.
25 Yerevan, Armenia
Dr. Nune Sarukhanyan

Institute of Botany of National Academy of Science
Institute of Botany of National Academy of Sciences of Republic of Armenia / Flora & Vegetation of Armenia
1. Avan 63, Acharyan
63 Yerevan, Armenia
Dr. Akopian Janna

Faculty of Agriculture, University of Banja Luka
Faculty of Agriculture, Department for Plant Production/Field Cereals
1A. Bulevar Vojvode Petra Bojovica
78000 Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mr. Branko Djuric

Institute for Plant Genetic Resources
Bulevar Drujba 2
4122 Sadovo, Bulgaria
Dr. Siyka Angelova

GenXPro GmbH
3, Altenhöferallee
60438 Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany
Dr. Peter Winter

Agricultural Institute Skopje
NN, Aleksandar Makedonski
1000 Skopje, FYR of Macedonia
Dr. Suzana Kratovalieva

Agricultural Technologies Transfer Center
Research and divulgation department
Main Boulevard
9000 Lushnja, Albania
Dr. Sokrat Jani