BRESOV releases second set of practice abstracts: Guidance on the successful breeding of broccoli, snap bean and tomato

In the framework of the BRESOV project, practice abstracts are part of the project outputs and are a common format for all EU-funded Horizon 2020 multi-actor projects. These abstracts provide short and concise practical information or recommendations that have been observed or developed during the period of the project and are geared towards both scientists and end-users such as farmers, workers, amateurs and practitioners.

The second set of practice abstracts explores the following topics:

  • Soil based seed germination protocol for cauliflower and broccoli – how to evaluate seed quality by seed germination test;

  • Controlling common blight and black bean aphid in organic bean – an overview of the diseases on seeds, seedlings

  • Seed treatment for organic agriculture in tomato – the use of products based on microbial consortia and natural compounds as sustainable alternative to chemical solutions that cannot be operated in organic farming.

The practice abstracts released by the BRESOV project are available on the BRESOV website.

3 years in, the BRESOV project has already started to be a structured support for developing organic farming by providing new resilient and efficient breeding lines selected for sustainable production, increased yield and better quality for the vegetable supply chains through improved agronomic techniques. The new breeding lines are evaluated in multi-climate conditions by several partners in Europe and for high-quality seed production including the evaluation of biocontrol agents (BCAs) and natural compounds (NCs) for controlling the main seed-borne diseases of broccoli, snap bean and tomato. The partners have developed protocols for detecting the diseases studied for each crop in order to use them for diagnosis and for evaluating the effects of BCAs and NCs for controlling them. Crop density and nutritional protocols have been individuated to increase the quantity and the quality of organic seed production improving the soil fertility and the interaction plant-soil microbiome. Several elite breeding lines resistant to specific biotic and abiotic stresses for broccoli, snap bean and tomato are ready to be provided to seed companies, organic growers, or associations to evaluate them on farm.

As one of the 22 partners from ten European countries as well as China, Tunisia and South Korea, Eurice is responsible for the project management, communication, dissemination and exploitation activities in BRESOV. Overall, Eurice is proud to be actively contributing to the successful implementation of the BRESOV goals as well as of several other food-related projects advancing biological diversity in different areas of research, such as AGENT, INCREASE and BreedingValue.