VEG-ADAPT : Adapting Mediterranean vegetable crops to climate change-induced multiple stress

Project identifier 183-VEG-ADAPT
Project Status ongoing
Start date 2019-10-01
End date 2022-09-30
Roadmap Theme
  • Sustainable intensification: Identification and breeding of animals and crops to maintain/increase productivity
  • Sustainable intensification: Soil, water, land and input management
  • Type of Project Applied research project
    Programme PRIMA
    Keyword climate change; horticultural crops
    Location Italy; Spain; France; Greece; Jordan; Morocco; Turkey
    Budget 2 016 695
    Main Funder Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) (H2020)
    Coordinator University of Turin
    Partners
  • Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ)
  • University of the Balearic Islands
  • National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA)
  • Abiopep S.L.
  • French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE)
  • Gautier Semences
  • Agricultural University of Athens
  • Agricultural Cooperative Notos
  • National Agricultural Research Center (NARC)
  • Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA-MAROC)
  • Ege University
  • Menemen Chamber of Agriculture
  • Documents PRIMA funded projects 2018

    Description

    Context

    Climate change is causing serious limitations to horticultural crops in the Mediterranean, due to the increasing frequency of stress conditions, often concurrent, such as drought, heat and salinity. VEG-ADAPT brings together farmers, industry and research in eight Mediterranean countries, with the common goal of increasing the tolerance of three major vegetable crops (tomato, pepper and melon) to stress induced by climate change in this area.

    Objectives

    To increase the tolerance of three important Mediterranean vegetable crops (tomato, pepper and melon) to stress induced by climate change in the Mediterranean region. To this end, the project will follow three lines of research:

    1. Characterization and selection of local varieties and new hybrids tolerant to climate change;

    2. Research on the physiological processes that contribute to the tolerance of these crops and related genetic markers;

    3. Optimization of crop management techniques that reduce sensitivity to climatic stress.

    Expected impacts

    The selection process will provide lines to be used for physiological and genetic studies and to be compared in the field; genetic and metabolic markers will help select genotypes; field experiments will assess the stress performance of selected varieties, soil amendments and smart irrigation techniques. The socio-economic effect of the agronomic tools and techniques developed within VEG-ADAPT will be evaluated. The results will be disseminated and demonstrated to farmers and industry. It will be possible to transfer the results of VEG-ADAPT to other vegetable crops. VEGADAPT will impact on Mediterranean farmers by providing ready solutions to the limitations induced by climate change; for the industry, offering varieties and genetic traits to be used in breeding; for researchers, discovering new metabolic and molecular processes; and society, improving the sustainability of vegetable crops.