ENVIRONMENTAL FRIENDLY FOOD PRODUCTION SYSTEM: REQUIREMENTS FOR PLANT BREEDING AND SEED PRODUCTION, ENVIRFOOD, SEMINAR - MAY 31-JUNE 3, 2005, LATVIA
Workers: Ilmar Tamm    Ingrid Bender    
The general objective of ENVIRFOOD is to bring together plant breeders, seed producers, specialists of variety testing of Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) and organic agriculture experts from EU for facilitation the exchange of knowledge and expertise between conventional and organic plant breeding, variety testing, seed production and food processing in order to provide successful implementation of EU regulations 2092/91, 1257/1999 and 1452/2003 in the Baltic States. 
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Faba bean breeding for sustainable agriculture - EUFABA
Workers:   Pille Sooväli  Lea Narits    

EUFABA is an EU project (Febr. 2003- Jan. 2006) that aims to evaluate currently and previously grown faba bean varieties for characteristics of importance to sustainable agriculture and to apply novel methods of marker-assisted genetic improvement to construct enhanced faba bean genotypes. These plant materials will serve as parental lines for future variety development. Priority is given to the combination of increased yield, digestibility, nutritional quality and resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses, thus allowing for the production of a leguminous crop of high value in European crop rotations of low input and stable yields. 

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A Late Blight Network for Europe - EUCABLIGHT
Workers:   Mati Koppel  Eve Runno-Paurson  

The European Concerted Action on Blight, or,’ EUCABLIGHT’ (A Late Blight Network for Europe) as it will be known, will be co-ordinated by The Scottish Crop Research Institute in Dundee, Scotland and will run for 3 years. The Eucablight consortium consists of a group of 24 European partners from 14 European countries with varied expertise in both host and pathogen research.

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EU.NET.ICP: European network for development of an integrated control strategy of potato late blight
Workers:   Mati Koppel    Eve Runno-Paurson  

EU.NET.ICP was a network of 16 research groups from 12 European countries, all working on integrated control of potato late blight. The network was funded by the European Commission as a Concerted Action within the Programme for research, technological development and demonstration in the field of agriculture and fisheries 1994-1998. With the establishment of a network for communication between scientists and research groups who work on control of late blight, the following objectives are envisaged:

  • To co-ordinate ongoing research in order to avoid duplication of efforts.
  • Survey the state of the art on control of Phytophthora infestans and indicate information gaps in regards to integrating a Decision Support System.
  • Development of a European Integrated Control Strategy and a Decision Support System in which all available knowledge is integrated.
  • By harmonising ongoing field trials an Integrated Control Strategy and a Decision Support System will be validated on a European level.

Results were diffused to extension officers and farmers.

After the finalisation of the EU supported project the research consortium maintained good contacts and collaboration.  After the official end of the project the participants of the network have regularly  (annually or biannually met in workahops what have kindly been sponsored by private companies.

 

 
 
European Brewery Convention - EBC
Workers: Hans Küüts  Ülle Tamm      

The EBC (European Brewery Convention) Barley and Malt Committee was founded in 1948 to conduct barley trials to evaluate the merits of different varieties for brewing purposes and to develop new analytical methods to assist breeders in deciding at an early stage the brewing quality of new lines. At the moment 18 countries are members of the Committee and there is one coopted member (EST). The Committee held its 100th meeting in Finland this year. The major objective of the Committee at present is "To support an adequate supply of malting barley in Europe, considering the changing conditions for production, technology, consumers’ behaviour and quality assurance".

The major objective of the EBC Barley Trials is to supply reliable reference data for the performance of novel barley varieties grown in different conditions (van den Berg 1999). Due to the geat variation in the weather conditions Barley Trials are executed in four separate regions: North (FIN, S, DK, EST), West (UK, IRL, F, NL, B), Central (H, D, SK, A, SLO, CZ) and South (P, E, I, BG).