First paper by EVA Lettuce Network published in Frontiers in Plant Science

The EVA Lettuce Network developed and applied the single primer enrichment technology (SPET) in lettuce for the first time, to study the genetic diversity of a collection of 160 Lactuca accessions originating from 10 countries in Europe, America and Asia, and to identify genomic regions that underpin important agronomic traits. The results were published in Frontiers in Plant Science in August 2023.
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EVA Lettuce network identifies promising mildew resistant wild lettuce accessions

First interesting results have been generated with the identification of wild lettuce accessions that show resistance to downy mildew (Bremia lactuceae). For more info see the related news.

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EVA Lettuce Network

The EVA Lettuce network is building on successful initiatives and collaborations between public and private partners in the Netherlands as well as on the active work by the ECPGR Leafy Vegetables Working Group.   

Within the EVA project, the partners join their complimentary expertise and capacity to evaluate both wild and cultivated lettuce accessions from diverse origins for disease resistances and important agronomic traits relevant for breeding. The geographic distribution of evaluation sites allows for the gathering of interesting data on environmental effects in field-grown lettuce and will be used together with genotyping data for association studies.  

Countries involved

Network Partners

 CompanyGenebankResearch instituteOthersCountryInstitute
1       Bulgaria Institute of Plant Genetic Resources “ Konstantin Malkov”, Sadovo, Plovdiv district
2       France Limagrain, La Ménitré
3       France Gautier Semences, Eyragues
4       France INRAE GAFL, Montfavet Cedex
5       Germany Gemeinschaft zur Förderung von Pflanzeninnovation e.V, Bonn
6       Greece American Farm School, Thermi, Thessaloniki
7       Italy ISI Sementi SpA, Fidenza (PR)
8       Italy Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l'analisi dell'economia agraria, Pontecagnano
9       Netherlands Wageningen University and Research. Centre for Genetic Resources, The Netherlands, Wageningen
10       Sweden Nordic Genetic Resources Centre (NordGen), Alnarp
11       Switzerland Sativa Rheinau AG, Rheinau
12       Switzerland Zollinger Conseils Sàrl, Les Evouettes


August 2023
EVA Lettuce annual project meeting: An in-person project meeting took place in Wageningen, the Netherlands from 31 August – 1 September 2023. [More info

May 2022
EVA Lettuce annual project meeting: An in-person project meeting took place from 24-25 May 2022 in Salsomaggiore, Italy. [More info

March 2020 
EVA Lettuce annual project meeting: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting originally planned for 30-31 March 2020 in Salsomaggiore Terme, Italy, was replaced by a virtual meeting on 30 March 2020. [more info]

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.