EVA Maize Network

The EVA Maize network was established after the successful first meeting of the new ECPGR Maize Working group in December 2019, funded through an extension of the project 'Implementation of the ECPGR EVA Network on wheat/barley and vegetable crops (carrot, lettuce and pepper)' which was granted by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture with an additional contribution of ca. € 300,000 until December 2024.

This network can build on the experience of the French public-private partnership Promaïs as well as previous European projects with the involvement of national genebanks and will evaluate more than 600 European genebank accessions of maize for a variety of relevant traits, including abiotic and biotic stress responses and morphological characteristics with importance to breeders in multilocation experiments. 

A follow-up project led by INRAE funded through SusCrop-ERA-NET, MineLandDiv connects the EVA network with other research partners with the goal of mining allelic diversity in maize landraces for tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses. The project will run until early 2026, providing a framework for continued collaboration of EVA Maize network partners and adding new partners.



Countries involved

Network Partners

 CompanyGenebankResearch instituteOthersCountryInstitute
1     Croatia University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture
2       France Bayer Seeds SAS, Lyon
3       France INRAE GQÉ le Moulon, Gif sur Yvette
4       France Lidea/Euralis, Lescar
5       France INRAE - Centre de Montpellier
6       France MAS Seeds, Haut-Marco
7       France RAGT R2N, Rodez
8       France Limagrain, Saint Beauzire
9     Germany Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung, Seeland, OT Gatersleben
10       Germany KWS SAAT SE & Co. KG, Einbeck
11     Italy Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l’analisi dell’economia agraria - Centro di Ricerca Cerealicoltura e Colture Industriali, Bergamo
12     Portugal Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária, I.P. (INIAV, I.P.), Banco Português de Germoplasma Vegetal, Braga
13       Portugal Departamento de Ciência Agronómicas Politécnico de Coimbra – Escola Superior Agrária de Coimbra
14       Romania Banca de Resurse Genetice Vegetale Suceava, Suceava
15   Serbia Maize Research Institute Zemun Polje, Belgrade - Zemun Polje
16     Spain Misión Biológica de Galicia (Consejo Superior de Investitaciones Científicas), Pontevedra
17       Switzerland Agroscope, Nyon
18       Switzerland Delley Semences et Plantes SA, Delley


November 2023
The EVA Maize annual project meeting was organized from 28-29 November 2023 in Montpellier, France. [More info

June 2022
EVA Maize annual project meeting: An in-person project meeting took place from 2-3 June 2022 in Belgrade, Serbia. [More info

November 2021
The second annual project meeting of the EVA Maize network took place virtually on 22 November 2021 [More info]

May 2020
The first virtual meeting to substitute for an in-person project meeting originally planned for 27-28 May 2020 in Paris, France, was held on 27 May 2020 on MS Teams. [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.