The International Collaborative Project FREECLIMB kicks-off

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The International Collaborative Project FREECLIMB kicks-off

The IRTA researcher at CRAG Iban Eduardo co-leads the WP1 of the FREECLIMB project
The IRTA researcher at CRAG Iban Eduardo co-leads the WP1 of the FREECLIMB project
  • FRECLIMB project aims to obtain fruit crops resilient to climate change in the mediterranean basin
  • The project involves fifteen partners, including CRAG,  from the northern and southern Mediterranean countries, and is funded by the first round of PRIMA call for proposals

From 1st to 2nd of April, in the city of Meknès (Morocco), the Center Regional de la Recherche Agronomique de Meknes hosts the inaugural meeting of the international FREECLIMB project - FREECLIMB – Fruit Crops Resilience to Climate Change in the Mediterranean Basin. The event includes a session open to the general public which provides the participation of stakeholders. The IRTA researcher at CRAG, Iban Eduardo, who co-leads the Work Package 1 of the project, will be present at the meeting.

FREECLIMB is a 3-year collaborative project coordinated by the University of Milan (Italy) and built to match the PRIMA framework, which promotes the development of smart and sustainable farming systems in Mediterranean countries, to preserve natural resources (water and land use) by increasing production efficiency. The project involves 15 partners from the northern and southern Mediterranean countries and 6 different fruit tree species. The crucial objective of the project is improving the availability of breeding and germplasm material adapted to limited external resources (input) and future climatic scenarios predicted for the Mediterranean area, through the characterization and exploitation of local biodiversity.

The FREECLIMB project will focus on key ideotypes elaborated in collaboration with interested parties (breeders, nurseries, producers and distributors) with the core objective of providing a toolkit (diverse germplasm, tools and methods) to accelerate exploitation, breeding and selection of resilient varieties in key traditional fruit crops of Mediterranean agriculture (stone fruits such as peach, apricot and almond; Citrus spp.; grape and olive).

CRAG researchers involved in the FREECLIMB project will contribute studying some biotic and abiotic stress traits important in the current context of climate change, such as resistance to drought and to particular fungi that affect different Prunus species.

Overall, FREECLIMB will greatly benefit from the collaboration between the southern and northern shores of the Mediterranean Basin. The PRIMA programme is an initiative supported and funded under Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. Spanish participation in the project is funded by the Spanish State Research Agency (AEI), Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities (MICIU).

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