Main research question/goal
This project aims at the mutual scientific knowledge exchange between Europe and the East in term of flowering woody ornamental shrubs of oriental origin, especially Rhododendron, Camellia, Hydrangea and Peony. The European partners involved are from major floriculture production areas (Belgium, Italy, France). The Asian partners are leading research groups in China and Japan. These countries have valuable indigenous plant genetic resources, and they provide interesting research in flowering woody ornamental shrubs.
The exchange programme contributes to the creation of common tools for characterization and use of plant genetic resources for plant breeding. Joint actions between the country groups are hindered by numerous obstacles. The main objective is to reactivate the link between Europe and the East. The networks between researchers and the exchange of plant material, knowledge and skills are promoted to yield a win-win situation for both parties. The study of "Expressed sequences" (EST) as tags for functional genes makes this ambition fit within the current state of the art in plant research.
The mutual benefit of the transfer of knowledge is a win-win for all partners. EU partners mostly develop of new technology and applications for breeding and the horticulture industry. Research at the EU partners is more directly driven by the needs of horticultural industry and consumer markets. Asian partners have access to valuable wild genetic resources and local cultivars which they are currently actively characterizing and describing. Nature protection and preservation of local or national heritage and resources is very important both in Japan and China for different reasons.
European Union - FP7 - People
Agro Campus-Ouest - Insitut Supérieur des Sciences Agronomiques, Agro-alimentaires, Horticoles et du Paysage
BCI - Fujian Institute of Subtropical Botany
IB - Institute of Botany
Meiji University - Agriculture
UNITO - University of Torino -Fac. Agriculture
YUA - Yunnan Agricultural University