The project “HARNESSTOM: harnessing the value of tomato genetic resources for now and the future”, funded by the EU in the frame of Sustainable Food Security SFS-2020, “Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy”, aims to demonstrate that proper use of plant genetic resources is a key factor for food quality and security and can bring innovation and benefits for all the stakeholders.
By using the knowledge acquired in previous EU-funded projects to associate phenotypes to genotypes in several tomato types from different germplasm banks and universities, HARNESSTOM wants first to gather, centralize, and standardize all the available information in a public system easily accessible by several users’ categories. Second, HARNESSTOM will develop four prebreeding programs focusing on the major objectives in this field:
A further objective is to speed up breeding schemes and make plant breeding more efficient towards emerging needs.
The relationship between the Academia and Industry in each workpackage of the project and the participation of non-profit orgnizations guarantee that the results from the project will have an impact on industrial innovation as well as on consumers and society.
The project is coordinated by Prof. Antonio Granell (Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC, Valencia, Spagna) and include a team of experts from 22 partners of seven different countries, among which are
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DAFNE-department of agricultural and forestry sciences