A study by the EVA Carrot Network, published in Acta Horticulturae, sheds light on carrot genetic diversity

Over two years, the EVA Carrot network evaluated 60 landraces from 4 European genebanks, originating from 16 countries. Authors analyzed phenotypic data from multilocation field trials in ten locations across Europe and estimated the influence of the environment on trait expression and variability. Three different genotyping approaches were deployed and showed comparable population structures, allowing selection of the most effective approaches in future applications.
Results were published in Acta Horticulturae in late 2023. Read more in this article.

EVA Carrot network results shared at international conferences in 2022

In August 2022, the EVA Carrot network presented the first results of their joint evaluations of 60 carrot accessions at the International Horticultural Congress in Angers, France, and the International Carrot Conference in Mt Vernon, USA. Read more

EVA Carrot Network

The EVA Carrot network is one of three vegetable networks currently functional within EVA. It builds on the experience and expertise of the ECPGR Umbellifer Crops Working Group and the French Daucus network, a successful public private partnership aimed at preservation and use of local carrot genetic resources.  

Within the EVA network, carrot accessions from genebanks across Europe will be genotyped and evaluated in laboratory and field trials for a number of traits of interest for carrot breeding, including agronomic and quality characteristics as well as resistance or tolerance to important pests affecting carrot production. Network partners provide their complementary expertise and capacity and together generate datasets that will help identify interesting materials among the evaluated accessions to be included in future breeding activities.

Countries involved

Network Partners

 CompanyGenebankResearch instituteOthersCountryInstitute
1       France Takii France SA, Eyragues
2       France OBS Innovation, Plougoulm
3       France Institut Agro Rennes-Angers, Angers Cedex 01
4       France Rijk Zwaan France SARL, Aramon
5       France Limagrain, La Ménitré
6       Germany Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI), Quedlinburg
7       Italy Carosem GmbH, Bad Essen
8       Netherlands Nunhems Netherlands B.V., Nunhems
9       Netherlands Bejo seeds, Warmenhuizen
10       Portugal Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária, I.P. (INIAV, I.P.), Banco Português de Germoplasma Vegetal, Braga
11       Portugal Sementes Vivas, Idanha-a-Nova
12     Spain Centro de Investigación y Tecnología Agroalimentaria de Aragón, Zaragoza
13       Sweden Nordic Genetic Resources Centre (NordGen), Alnarp
14     United Kingdom University of Warwick, Warwick


October 2023
The EVA Carrot project meeting took place on 2 October 2023 in York, UK. More information can be found [here]

September 2022
The EVA Carrot project meeting took place in person in Schagen and Warmenhuizen, the Netherlands, from 28 to 30 September 2022. More information can be found [here]

April 2021
The EVA carrot network met online for their annual meeting on 20 April 2021 to receive updates on activities in 2020 and to discuss open questions and next steps. More information can be found [here]

May 2020
On 11 May 2020, the EVA Carrot network project partners met virtually to receive updates on current activities and discuss open questions and next steps for the project. More details can be found [here]


Related Information

ECPGR Working Groups

Contact details

  • Sandra Goritschnig - EVA Coordinator  Email
The EVA project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food
and Agriculture for the period 2019-2024.