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Conservation and breeding potential of native fruits in the Czech Republic and Norway

Department 58 – International Relations
Department 58 – International Relations


RegionNational coverage
Title of the ProgrammeCZ09 - Česko-norský výzkumný program
Title of the ProjectConservation and breeding potential of native fruits in the Czech Republic and Norway
Project Website

Number of the Project7F14122
Project Promoter

Crop Research Institute

Name of Norwegian Partner(s)

Norwegian Institute for Bioeconomical Research

Objective of the Project

Crop wild relatives and landraces of small fruit species will be assessed for their threat in wild habitats and conservation needs. Native and naturalised species of Czech and Norwegian flora (Sorbus sudetica, Ribes rubrum, R. petraeum, R. nigrum, R. spicatum, Grossularia uva crispa, Hippophae rhamnoides, Lonicera coerulea, Rubus chamaemorus, R. idaeus) will be revised in native sites, characterized morphologically, chemically and genetically in order to analyse their diversity, population divergence/similarity and potential for use in crop breeding. Critically endangered glacial relic in Czech flora Rubus chamaemorus will be genetically compared with the Norwegian vicariant. Individual plants of all species with a higher fruit performance or other characters of interest will be evaluated for properties useful for breeding and as healthy food. Landraces still occurring in landscape will be checked and mapped, and characterized similarly. The need for conservation actions in situ and ex situ will be assessed.

Approved grant

13 134 000 CZK

Project DurationStart day: 13th August.2015, End date: 30th April 2017