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Koordination ökologischer Pflanzenzüchtungsaktivitäten für Biodiversität


Plant breeding is a crucial factor in creating organic crop production systems that can better cope with such interacting stresses and producers need crop varieties with

  • good resistance against pests and diseases, esp. seed borne diseases;
  • the ability to react to environmental, esp. climatic variability; and
  • high competitiveness against weeds.

COBRA aims to support and develop organic plant breeding and seed production with a focus on increasing the use and potential of plant material with High genetic Diversity (Hi-D) in cereals (wheat and barley) and grain legumes (pea and faba bean) through coordinating, linking and expanding existing breeding and research.
Although Hi-D-based systems have shown promising results in organic systems and are currently subject to intensive research, their benefits can at present not be exploited, due to agronomic, regulatory and other hurdles. Also, it is currently unclear which plant breeding approaches, Hi-D-based or else, are most efficient to breed varieties for organic agriculture.

Description détaillée du projet

Therefore, COBRA aims/work packages (WP)

  • to improve methods ensuring seed quality and health (WP1);
  • to determine the potential to increase resilience, adaptability, and overall performance in organic systems by using crop diversity at various levels (WP2);
  • to improve breeding efficiency and to develop novel breeding methods to enhance and maintain crop diversity (WP3);
  • to identify and remove structural barriers to organic plant breeding and seed production (WP4); and
  • to improve networking and dissemination in organic plant breeding (WP5).

COBRA's strength is its focus on coordinating, linking and expanding on-going organic breeding activities in cereals and grain legumes across Europe, drawing together experts from previously fragmented areas.

Publication et information sur les projets dans la base de données Organic Eprintshttp://orgprints.org/view/projects/COBRA.html
  • CORE Organic II Funding Bodies, being partners of the FP7 ERA-Net project,
  • CORE Organic II (Coordination of European Transnational Research in
    Organic Food and Farming systems, Project no. 249667).
  • FiBL only owncontribution
Partenaire de projet

The project is co-ordinated by Dr Bruce Pearce of Organic Research Centre

  • Aegean Agricultural Research Institute, TU
  • Aalborg University, DK
  • Agrologica, DK
  • Associazione Italiana per l’Agricoltura Biologica, IT
  • Aarhus University, DK
  • Bioforsk Organic Food and Farming, NO
  • University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, AT
  • University of Copenhagen, DK
  • Centro di Ricerca p. l. Produzioni Foraggere e Lattiero-Casearie, IT
  • Centre de Recherche Public-Gabriel Lippmann, LU
  • National Institute for Agricultural Research, F
  • Technical Institute of Organic Farming, F
  • Institute for Sustainable Development, SI
  • Knudsen Plant Breeding, DK,
  • Kassel University, DE,
  • Lantmännen SW Seed, SE
  • MTT Agrifood Research Finland, FI
  • Nordic Seed, DK
  • SRUC, UK
  • Sejet Plantbreeding, DK
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SE
  • Technical University of Denmark, DK
  • Technische Universität München, DE
  • VLF, DK
  • Bayer. Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft, DE
  • University of Udine, IT
  • University of Maribor, SI
  • University College Ghent, BE
  • Oikos - Organic Norway, NO
  • Forschungsinstitut fur Biologischen Landbau, CH
  • Graminor, NO
  • Jõgeva Plant Breeding Institute, EE
  • Organic Seed Producers, UK
  • State Priekuli Plant Breeding Institute, LV
  • State Stende Cereal Breeding Institute, LV
  • Agricultural Institute Hungarian Academy of Sciences, HU
  • Saatzucht DonauGesmbH & CoKG, AT
  • Nordic Genetic Resource Center, SE
  • Louis Bolk Instituut, NL
Direction du projet du FiBL / contact

FiBL Switzerland is an associated partner organization of COBRA. FiBL shares experience in organic plant breeding and participate in the scientific discussions. As an associate partner, FiBL Switzerland will contribute to COBRA, especially to WP2 Breeding for Resilience: Task 2.21: Coping with climate change by providing Cycling CCP winter wheat populations that have been propagated in Switzerland in the scope of the trial coordinated by Prof. M. Finckh (Kassel University, DE) and to WP3 Improving breeding efficiency: Task 3.2. Evolutionary, participatory and marker-assisted selection approaches in grain legumes coordinated by P. Annicchiarico, Centro di Ricerca p. l. Produzioni Foraggere e Lattiero-Casearie Lodi, IT.

Domaines de recherche
  • Entomologie & agroécologie (Département des sciences des plantes)
  • Sélection végétale (Département des sciences des plantes)
Numéro du projet FiBL 10070
Date de modification 06.06.2019