The overall objective of this project is to develop a scientifically based framework for determination of any changes in genetic diversity over time in 4 very widely grown agricultural crops (Wheat, Barley, Maize and Potatoes). Any enlargement of the genetic base or genetic erosion that may have occurred over the past 60 years in these crops will be determined & evaluated using advanced DNA marker tools. The project includes econometric analysis of diversity trends & will help clarify the relationship between breeding & crop genome evolution. Any risk to the genetic base of the major crops in European agriculture will become evident. Recommendations for routine and cost-effective monitoring of any changes and subsequent manipulation of genetic diversity as an element of sustainable agricultural practices will be made. Recommendations will help inform policy-making underpinning the strategic infrastructure of sustainable agriculture on a European wide basis.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts