ITALY

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  

Report
Luciano Pecetti

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.

Lodi, breeder (Paolo Annicchiarico, CRA FLC Scientific Supervisor in COBRA project) and farmer (her organic farm is close to Lodi) discussing together on the pea ideotype.Lodi, breeder (Paolo Annicchiarico, CRA FLC Scientific Supervisor in COBRA project) and farmer (her organic farm is close to Lodi) discussing together on the pea ideotype.

Perugia, breeder and farmer discussing together on the pea ideotype.