The main objective of GrapeGen06 project is to contribute
to the successful long term preservation of the Vitis
genetic resources for the use of future generations.
By ensuring an optimized conservation and characterization
of these resources, this project is intended to promote
their use and ensure the competitiveness of the table
and wine grape production sectors.
The following goals are pursued
- Monitor still existing wild and cultivated Vitis
germplasm resources in Europe, including Eastern
- Describe this germplasm, using common morphological,
agronomic and molecular descriptors and linking
them to a unique European web-database (http://www.eu-vitis.de/index.php)
- Implement true-to-type identification of varieties,
solving naming errors, homonyms and synonyms that
may affect the quality of European collections.
- Promote an overall optimized scheme for the safe
conservation of the Vitis germplasm including
Vitis sylvestris presently threatened of
local extinction, and involving several conservation
means (ex-situ collections, cryopreservation, on-farm
conservation) so that the resources are conserved,
accessible and field-tested in a pertinent agricultural