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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

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.

Coordinator

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Address

Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 689 413,75

Participants (15)

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AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 460 500

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 370 000

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 295 326,25

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 293 360

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 424 500

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 237 137,50

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 417 768,75

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 301 250

ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 270 000

EURICE EUROPEAN RESEARCH AND PROJECT OFFICE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 305 000

CENTRE TECHNIQUE INTERPROFESSIONNEL DES FRUITS ET LEGUMES

France

EU Contribution

€ 157 134

ASSOC. DE PRODUCTORES Y COMERCIALIZADORES DE LA TOMATA DE PENJAR D'ALCALA DE XIVERT

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 40 000

ARCA 2010 SOCIETA COOPERATIVA A RL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 40 000

AGROTOBIOMHCHANIKOS SYNETAIRISMOS TYMPAKIOY

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 40 000

MERIDIEM SEEDS S.L.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 30 625

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 634561

  • Start date

    1 March 2015

  • End date

    31 August 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 372 015,25

  • EU contribution

    € 4 372 015,25

Coordinated by:

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

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