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Traditional tomato varieties and cultural practices: a case for agricultural diversification with impact on food security and health of European population

Objective

Tomato is the second most consumed vegetable in the EU and a major dietary source of many nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants. Consumers complaints about the loss of flavour in modern tomatoes, provide an opportunity for the valorisation of traditional tomato varieties, in order to protect them from genetic erosion and the replacement by higher-yielding, pest resistant modern cultivars. Genetic, epigenetic and phenotypic variability and knowledge from farms and in public repositories, will be concentrated in a TRADITOM database and seed repository (O1). The available genetic and phenotypic variability present in TRADITOM varieties, and the genetic and epigenetic differences from modern cultivars will be assessed (O2). For varieties whose cultivation is not sustainable due to unacceptably low yield and/or pathogen resistance, novel F1 hybrids will be generated, retaining the quality characteristics of traditional varieties and incorporating yield and disease resistance traits (O3) Finally, traditional varieties and the impact of traditional cultivation methods will be valorised through a thorough characterization of their composition in term of flavour- and health-related compounds, the identification of consumer preferences, the evaluation of socio-economic factors limiting their market diffusion, and the protection of the most significant case studies through PDO or PGI denominations (O4). TRADITOM is a multidisciplinary translational, multi-actor research project bringing together scientists working in academia, local farmers communities, consumer experts and small seed companies that have preserved the local germplasm, in order to bring to fruition and apply to traditional tomato varieties the enormous knowledge generated on tomato genetics, genomics and metabolomics. This will help the conservation of traditional tomato varieties and enhance the competitive advantage of rural communities based on their production.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/genetics and heredity
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2014-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 689 413,75

Participants (15)

AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 460 500
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
000196 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 370 000
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 295 326,25
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 293 360
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Muenchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 424 500
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 237 137,50
Address
Rue De L'universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 417 768,75
Address
Camino De Vera Sn Edificio 3A
46022 Valencia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM
Israel
EU contribution
€ 301 250
Address
Edmond J Safra Campus Givat Ram
91904 Jerusalem
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 270 000
Address
Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EURICE EUROPEAN RESEARCH AND PROJECT OFFICE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 305 000
Address
Heinrich-hertz-allee 1
66386 St Ingbert
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRE TECHNIQUE INTERPROFESSIONNEL DES FRUITS ET LEGUMES
France
EU contribution
€ 157 134
Address
97 Bd Pereire
75017 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
ASSOC. DE PRODUCTORES Y COMERCIALIZADORES DE LA TOMATA DE PENJAR D'ALCALA DE XIVERT
Spain
EU contribution
€ 40 000
Address
Calle Sta Barbara 6
12570 Alcala De Xiver Castellon
Activity type
Other
ARCA 2010 SOCIETA COOPERATIVA A RL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 40 000
Address
Via Giacomo Leopardi 18
81030 Teverola
Activity type
Other
AGROTOBIOMHCHANIKOS SYNETAIRISMOS TYMPAKIOY
Greece
EU contribution
€ 40 000
Address
Anadasmos
70200 Timpaki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MERIDIEM SEEDS S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 30 625
Address
Paraje Lo Soler 2
30700 Torre Pacheco
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)