7th July 2014 Assembly

During the International Congress for the SOLIBAM (Strategies for Organic and Low-input Integrated Breeding and Management) project, a representative group of COBRA partners met to present and discuss the latest progress made on the project.

The event was held on the 7th of July 2014 in Oniris-La Geraudiere, Nantes (France) and corresponded to the final congress of SOLIBAM (2010-2014), an European Commission-supported project whose central goal consisted of developing novel breeding approaches integrated with management practices in order to improve the performance, quality, sustainability and stability of crops adapted to organic and low-input systems in Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa.

The COBRA project is closely linked with SOLIBAM consortium, because of the previous involvement of many COBRA partners in the SOLIBAM project. Some partners are using the outputs of their SOLIBAM research as a starting point for their research in COBRA and, moreover, they are expanding these data with further more in depth and targeted experiments. An example is given by the focus of Workpackage 2 (WP2), which is based on the identification of breeding strategies for coping with multiple stressors through studying the effects of variable degrees of crop diversity, which was the driving topic of all SOLIBAM project.

During the conference, the leaders of each Workpackage explained their specific role in the project, the guidelines and the perspectives of their research.

Inherent videos/power points have been uploaded in the page of the section “7th¬†July 2014 Documents“.

A poster session during which the first experimental results were illustrated and discussed was also held.