INCREASE aims at improving the sustainable use of plant genetic resources by enhancing the status of the genetic resources of four important food legumes: chickpea, common bean, lentil, lupin. By developing efficient and effective conservation tools and methods that could be applied to all kind of genetic resources, INCREASE aims to promote agro-biodiversity and its use in Europe and beyond.
This will be achieved through:
- Improvement of management and sharing of food legume genetic resources data through optimised databases and easily accessible tools
- Massive production of a large amount of high-quality genotypic and phenotypic data
- Development of Intelligent Collections for the exploration of the genetic resources diversity and design of innovative conservation management approaches by undertaking a participatory citizen science experiment
- Development of new knowledge, such as gene discovery or genomic prediction, made easily available through a web-based searching and visualisation tool to identify appropriate sources of germplasm
- Development, test and dissemination of best practices for dynamic management of genetic resources across European and non-European institutions and initiatives
- Development of decentralised information technology approaches for data sharing and germplasm conservation