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Thursday, 05 June 2014 00:00

The World Olive Germplasm Bank of Cordoba is seeking an agreement with the International Olive Council

Authorities at the opening conference Authorities at the opening conference

More than five hundred olive varieties are cataloged and documented from the existing 1,200 around the world. This is the heritage of the Olive Germplasm Bank, was created in 1977. Since then, the bank has brought together the efforts of the University of Cordoba and the Andalusian Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Fishing, Food and Organic Production, along with members of the Agrifood Campus of International Excellence ceiA3. Their aim is to contribute to the preservation of olive biodiversity and make all genetic resources available to growers and to the International Olive Council (IOC), to address major challenges facing the sector: health, mechanization and adaptation to climate change. This was made clear in this morning’s remarks at the opening of the technical conferences on Olive Germplasm Bank by the counselor of Agriculture of the Government of Andalusia, Elena Víboras, the professor and newly elected Rector of the University of Córdoba, future president of the Governing Council ceiA3, José Carlos Gómez Villamandos, and IFAPA president, Victor Ortiz.

The conference, with speakers holding both scientific and administrative responsibility at the Germplasm Bank, was successful in presenting its biological content as one of its main results: the repository of commercial varieties managed by the ceiA3 and located on the grounds of the University of Cordoba’s Rabanales Campus, serving as a vector for transferring results to industry. In this regard, Professor Diego Barranco, one of the scientists responsible for the Bank, emphasizes how it will be a significant opportunity for the olive sector to be involved in the expansion of the Bank with new varieties, through an agreement with the International Olive Council. "If we can bring more disease-resistant varieties and new weather conditions, and certify their production, we will help the industry to move forward," he pointed out.

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