Evalution of genebank material after 30 years storage
Project leader: Svein 0ivind Solberg, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
The project will strengthen the Nordic position in Europe in the field af seed science research. Synergies will increase within the Nordic region as participating institutions will work for a common goal and with concrete publication and Horizon 2020 application tasks. The project will involve young researchers and as such contribute ta future Nordic
collaboration opportunities. The Nordic Genetic Resource Center is one participating organisations and this institution has 40 years af experience in Nordic collaboration and with shared conservation and distribution facilities.
Long term aim
The long-term aim (addressed in an EU application) is a digital tool for predicting seed longevity that can be used by genebank managers and the seed industry all over the world. Such a tool could reduce the costs of genebanks (by avoiding too frequent viability checks) and improve the long-term regeneration planning.
A digital tool should be built on empirical data, not only from the 100-years trial, but from numerous data collected from genebanks around the world. Partner institutions in an EU application would in addition to the current Nordic network institutions could be the Royal Botanic Garden Key (England), Center for Genetic Resources Wageningen,
(the Netherlands), IPK Gateslaben (Germany) and national genebanks in for example Portugal, Hungary and the Czech republic.