Management and conservation of grapevine genetic resources
An European Community funded programme with 24 partner institutions from 27 countries (European and non-European countries) aimed to the collection, the conservation, the characterization and the documentation of cultivated and wild Vitis genetic resources. The actions undertaken include: a) to implement a comprehensive inventory of the European and non-European grapevine collections; b) to inventory and describe the still existing European populations of Vitis vinifera subsp. sylvestris; c) to provide genetic and morphological profiles of wild grape genotypes and of a large number of minor and local grape cultivars lesser known; d) to ascertain variety identity of the genotypes, which is an ongoing challenge in many grapevine collections; e) to on farm evaluate local and rare grape cultivars for their oenological potential; f) to coordinate the long-term preservation of grapevine genetic resources.
on-line data base European Vitis Database: www.eu-vitis.de