Horticultural Genetics and Biotechnology

Project title / Acronym Bioresources for Olive culture / BeFOre_RISE’
Source of funding <b>&nbsp;H2020-MSCA-RISE-2014: </b><b>Marie Sklodowska-Cutie Actions</b><br><br><br><br>
Program and contract references
Date of approval and duration 02/2015 (35 months)
Project coordinator / partners Instituto per I Sistemi Agricoli e Forestali del Mediterraneo  
Instituto di Bioscienze e Biorisorse
CNR. Perugia

Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (M.A.I.Ch.)
Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria INTA
Centre International d’Études Supérieures en Sciences Agronomiques de Montpellier -
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique World Olive Germplasm of Marrakech
Universita’ degli Studi di Perugia – UNIPG
Agricultural University of Athens (AUA)
Universidad de la Frontera (UFRO) CHILE
IFAPA Centro "Alameda del Obispo"
National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension NCARE
Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute Lebanon – LARI
Confederazione Italiana Agricoltori CIA- Umbria
Universidad Autónoma de Baja California - UABC
Greek Association of Industries and Processors of Olive Oil – SEVITEL
Optimum Quality SPAIN

Project summary The project aims at establishing a multi-lateral network of research and innovation staff active in OLIVE germplasm  access, conservation, evaluation and exploitation, strengthening research capacities through the exchange of knowledge and expertise on a shared research programme focused on establishing integrated common protocols to phenotype and characterize plants at molecular, morphological and physiological level, and evaluating the olive oil quality related to varieties. Particular attention will be paid at studying the in the international regulation on intellectual property rights for conserving and exchanging the olive genetic resources. The involvement of some Non Academic Organizations will allow the sharing of knowledge and ideas from research to all levels of the olive production chain, from plant propagation to fruit production and oil extraction (and vice-versa).

The joint exchange programme will involve 15 partners to academic and non- academic sectors and will be performed through a series of short and long term periods of staff exchanges between European and Third Countries Partners and workshops. The project will be coordinated by the CNR group at scientific and managerial level, with the contribution of a Steering Committee. As a result of this project we are expecting to improve the potential of the Olive Germplasm collections, repositories and banks as main sources of variability and evaluation tools to be used to increase sustainability of oliviculture and to face existing and arising problems, such as those deriving from climate changes, and for the olive oil quality improvement and diversification.


Project title / Acronym ARISTEIA II: The role of two tomato prolyl 4 hydroxylases in tomato fruit development / TOMATO P4Hs
Source of funding ESPA – Action at National Level – ARISTEIA II
Program and contract references Grant code: 4388<br>
Date of approval and duration 11/2013 (24 months)
Project coordinator / partners MAICh
Project summary Despite the significance of tomato crop worldwide, there is still a lack of fundamental knowledge related to fruit development. This program comprises cell division and cell expansion processes which determine cell number and cell size followed by ripening. Plant prolyl 4 hydroxylases catalyze proline hydroxylation of Arabinogalactan proteins (AGPs) and extensins. Therefore, the frequency of glycosylation is dependent on the frequency of hydroxylation indicating the importance of P4Hs for their proper structure and function. There are reports implicating P4Hs AGPs and extensins in cell expansion, elongation and division. However, there are no reports investigating the physiological significance of P4Hs in tomato growth and development. We used a Virus Induced Gene Silencing approach to suppress expression of two tomato P4H genes resulting in plants with larger leaves due to alterations in cell division and expansion. The major objective of this proposal is the manipulation of expression of two tomato fruit P4Hs in order to change the structure and levels of AGP proteins and extensins leading to structural and functional changes in the fruit during cell division, expansion and ripening.


Project title / Acronym Research Project SYNERGASIA: Optimization of environment control in protected crops for salinity management using –omics technologies / SYNERGASIA
Source of funding ESPA – Action at National Level – Cooperation (SYNERGASIA)
Program and contract references
Date of approval and duration 01/2012 (35 months)
Project coordinator / partners Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (M.A.I.Ch.)

Centre for Research and Technology, Thessaly (CE.RE.TE.TH.)

Foundation for Research and Technology/ Institute of Chemical Engineering and High Temperature Chemical Processes (FORTH/ICE-HT)

Project summary One of the main obstacles in modern agriculture and particularly in arid and semi-arid regions, such as the coastal areas of southern Greece, is the sever lack of water resources. Thus, often force farmers to utilize high salinity irrigation water despite the established adverse effects on plant’s growth and development. An approach for mitigating the aforementioned adversities of salinity in greenhouse crops, e.g., tomato, is the enrichment of the environment with carbon dioxide. This enrichment requires an assessment of the physiological state of the plant under salt stress by using physiological indicators. Our main objective is to identify biomolecules (genes and/or metabolites) which can serve as biomarkers of prediction of the upcoming stress before visible symptoms appear. Monitoring of these biomarkers will be based on existing, simple, reliable technological platforms.


Project title / Acronym Life project: LIFE+ Nature & Biodiversity “CENTOLIMED” “Identification and conservation of the high nature value of ancient olive groves in the Mediterranean region” / CENTOLIMED
Source of funding European Union
Program and contract references
Date of approval and duration 01/2009 (36 months)
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Project title / Acronym Innovation Centre of Crete: Management Improvement and Efficient Use of Natural Resources in Selected, Sensitive Areas – Sub-project: “Pilot Development of a DNA-Based Methodology for the Identification of the Varietal Origin of Olive Oil – Production of a Diagnostic Test”
Source of funding European Economic Area
Program and contract references
Date of approval and duration 01/2009 (24 months)
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Last update: Sep 13, 2017

Horticultural Genetics and Biotechnology