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P3. Agrobiodiversity, conservation and competitiveness of local genetic resources and farming systems

BIOPOLIS will actively contribute for a more innovative and competitive agricultural sector by using "omics” information to guide stakeholders, and to tap on the potential of local agrobiodiversity, in a way to foster sustainable and resilient production systems in changing environments. The collection of genomic and functional information from local adapted agricultural varieties and microbiomes of the traditional fermented agricultural products (e.g., wine, cheese, honey, butter, bread, regional charcuterie) will be the basis of a new strategy to protect traditional high-quality agricultural products, and to improve traditional crop varieties without losing resilience, and thus help to create new business opportunities in rural regions.

The combination of new methodologies and technological advances will permit to identify genomic regions responsible for productive and resilience traits, that will guide the breeding programmes in wine grape, olives, and tomato varieties, and improve resilience of local livestock breeds, namely regarding climate change.

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