EVA Legumes Network

Following up on communication activities in the frame of the Horizon projects BRESOV and INCREASE, the Grain legumes WG implemented the ECPGR grant scheme activity ForEVA (Fostering the need for implementation of the ECPGR European Evaluation Network (EVA) on grain legumes) a preparatory action to establish a new EVA network on grain legumes. Main activities of ForEVA included surveying the inventory of grain legumes available for evaluation, identifying stakeholders and possible private sector partners of the future network and developing a workplan and funding proposal based on partner’s priorities. The project brought together partners from 24 European genebanks and research institutes and more than 35 interested stakeholders from the public and private sector, jointly working towards establishment of this new EVA network. 

The EVA Legumes network has started operations in 2024, organizing their work around seven legume crops: bean, chickpea, fava bean, lentil, lupine, pea and orphan legumes. Partners participate in multiple crop groups according to their interests and expertise, and each crop group identified a crop leader to guide the scientific aspects of the proposed work. Evaluations are planned in a variety of environments, including also on-farm trials in marginal areas, thus contributing to the promotion of legume diversity in the production of plant-based protein for a more sustainable diet in Europe, one of the priorities within the Farm2Fork strategy of the EU. 

Strong collaborations with ongoing Horizon projects INCREASE, BELIS and Legume Generation ensure wide exploitation and dissemination of existing research outputs with a large pool of stakeholders.

Countries involved

Network Partners

 CompanyGenebankResearch instituteOthersCountryInstitute
1       Belgium Protealis, Ghent
2       Belgium Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries & Food, Merelbeke
3       Bosnia and Herzegovina Genetic Resources Institute, University of Banja Luka, Banja Luka
4       Denmark Aarhus University, Aarhus
5       Estonia Centre of Estonian Rural Research and Knowledge (METK), Jõgeva
6       France Agri Obtentions, Guyancourt
7       France Semences de Provence, Fourques
8       France Lidea/Euralis, Lescar
9       France Gautier Semences, Eyragues
10       France Centre de Ressources de Botanique Appliquée, Charly
11       France GSN Semences, Riscle
12       France Terres Inovia, Paris
13       France Groupe d’Étude et de contrôle des Variétés Et des Semences, Beaucouzé
14       Georgia Scientific Research Center of Agriculture, Tbilisi
15       Germany Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzengenetic und Kulturpflanzenforschung
16       Germany Deutsche Saatveredelung AG, Lippstadt
17       Greece Agricultural University of Athens, Athens
18       Italy Semetica s.r.l., Montevarchi, Arezzo
19       Italy Ca' Colonna srl Soc. Agr., Ravenna
20       Italy Universita Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona
21       Italy National Research Council, Institute of Biosciences and BioResources, Bari
22       Italy Rete Semi Rurali, Scandicci
23       Italy University of Basilicata, Potenza
24       Italy Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l'analisi dell'economia agraria (CREA-OF), Pontecagnano Faiano
25       Italy Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l'analisi dell'economia agraria (CREA-ZA), Lodi
26     Latvia Institute of Agricultural Resources and Economics, Priekuli
27       Netherlands Wageningen University and Research. Centre for Genetic Resources, The Netherlands, Wageningen
28       Netherlands Van Dinter Semo, Scheemda
29       Norway Norwegian University of Life Sciences, As
30       Poland Smolice Plant Breeding Limited Liability Company, Przebędowo
31       Portugal Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica - Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Oeiras
32       Portugal Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária, I.P. (INIAV, I.P.), Banco Português de Germoplasma Vegetal, Braga
33       Romania Banca de Resurse Genetice Vegetale Suceava, Suceava
34       Romania Vegetable Research and Development Station, Bacau , Bacau
35       Serbia Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops, Novi Sad
36       Serbia Institute for Forage Crops Kruševac, Globoder
37       Slovakia National Agricultural and Food Centre, Piestany
38       Slovenia Agricultural Institute of Slovenia, Ljubljana
39       Slovenia University of Maribor, Maribor
40       Spain Servicio Regional de Investigacion y Desarrollo Agroalimentario, Villaviciosa
41       Spain Misión Biológica de Galicia (Consejo Superior de Investitaciones Científicas), Pontevedra
42       Spain Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, Cordoba
43       Spain Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnologia Agraria y Alimentaria, Madrid
44       Sweden Nordic Genetic Resources Centre (NordGen), Alnarp
45       Switzerland Getreidezüchtung Peter Kunz, Hombrechtikon
46       Switzerland Agroscope, Nyon 1
47       Türkiye Ankara University, Faculty of Agriculture, Ankara
48       Türkiye Field Crops Central Research Institute, Ankara
49       United Kingdom School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham
50       United Kingdom Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth
51       United Kingdom Earlham Institute, Norwich


October 2023
The ForEVA project meeting took place on 10-11 October 2023 in Bucharest, Romania. More information can be found [here].

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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.