Centro di Ricerca p. l. Produzioni Foraggere e Lattiero-Casearie (CRA-FLC)
“Visits to variety trials of field pea “
16th May, Lodi; 23rd May, Perugia
A group of organic farmers (at least six in each of the two locations, Lodi, northern Italy, and Perugia, central Italy) visited the field pea evaluation trials and took part in a participatory selection approach by carrying out a synthetic visual evaluation of about 360 pure lines under selection, and ranking several possible selection criteria (on a questionnaire specifically designed) according to their priorities and expectations.
Indications issued by farmers will be compared to those made by professional breeders for consistency of possibly important pea characters
A comparison under organic management in different Italian environments between materials selected by farmers and those selected by breeders is strongly suggested in a subsequent phase of the work.
Both visits have been organised in collaboration with AIAB and are related to the research activity of both COBRA project and Piano Nazionale Sementiero Biologico.