The work plan of COBRA project is structured in five workpackages, as shown in the following diagram.
The project organisational structure (Task 0) consists of a Coordinator and a Deputy coordinator, Workpackage Leaders and Task Leaders, a General Assembly and an advisory external Stakeholders Group.
Objectives are to study and coordinate methods of controlling seed borne diseases (SBD) and seed quality control by developing the following research lines:
Task 1.1 Rapid detection of germination capacity, vitality and SBD [Leader: J. Jørgensen, AU, DK];
Task 1.2 Coordination of resistance screening for seed borne diseases [H. Buerstmayr, BOKU, AT];
Task 1.3 Improving bunt resistance in Composite Cross Populations (CCPs) [A. Borgen, Agrologica, DK];
Task 1.4 Control of seed-borne diseases with essential oils [L Pecetti, CRA-FLC, IT].
1) to study the potential of Hi-D (CCPs) and specific genotypes to adapt to climatic fluctuations (Task 2.1 Coping with climate change [M Finckh, KU, DE]);
2) to find determinants of early vigour and competitiveness against weeds (Task 2.2 Coping with weeds and intercropping [N.-O. Bertholdsson, SLU, SE];
3) to identify breeding strategies for coping with multiple stressors through studying the effects of variable degrees of functional diversity in crops (Task 2.3 Diversity for coping with multiple stressors [R B Jørgensen, DTU, DK]).
1) to identify best methods allowing the constitution and continuous improvement of Hi-D (Task 3.1 Improving breeding methodology and strategies in wheat [P Baresel, TUM, DE]);
2) to improve Hi-D adaptation to and productivity under the conditions of organic farming (Task 3.2 Evolutionary, participatory and marker-assisted selection approaches for grain legumes [P Annicchiarico, CRA-FLC, IT]);
3) to improve the possibilities of introgression of genetic resources into the breeders’ genepools and germplasm exchange through the establishment of networks (Task 3.3 Phenotyping methods [P Baresel, TUM, DE]);
4) to develop breeding methodologies and techniques adapted to participatory plant breeding (Task 3.4 Strategies to increase diversity in populations [I. Goldringer, INRA, F].
This WP is organised in two tasks which link Europe-wide inventories with in-depth case studies at national level. The general objective is to lower socio-economic and legal hurdles to organic seed production and organic plant breeding:
Task 4.1 Regional chains, organisation and funding of organic plant breeding [A Stubsgaard, SEGES, DK];
Task 4.2 Legislation & Registration: how to deal with genetically diverse material [R Bocci, AIAB, IT].
This WP will have the contribution of all the partners of the project with the aim of (Task 5):
(1) making sure that COBRA is intensely linked with relevant research projects other current breeding initiatives and the existing networks of organic farmers or initiatives;
(2) coordinating knowledge transfer activities.