Wheat and Barley

EVA Wheat & Barley Network

The EVA Wheat and Barley network is the European extension of a successful national evaluation network in Germany (EVA-II), which has been operational since 2001 as a public-private partnership to evaluate wheat and barley accessions in German collections. As the biggest EVA network, EVA Wheat and Barley divides its activities into three geographic zones across Europe (Nordic, Central and South zones) and evaluates spring and winter barley, spring and winter wheat as well as durum wheat accessions, mostly for biotic stress responses in field evaluations.  

The EVA Wheat and Barley network also contributes to the Horizon2020 project AGENT (Activated GEnebank NeTwork), evaluating accessions from AGENT partner genebanks in 2023 and 2024. The AGENT project aims at creating a network of actively cooperating European genebanks and transitioning them into active bio-digital resource centres. Using wheat and barley as example crops to implement “genebank genomics” approaches and tools for genebank data management and analysis, which will ultimately be applicable also to other crops. The interaction between AGENT and the EVA Wheat and Barley network ensures that AGENT genebank materials are showcased in the fields of external stakeholders: breeders and organic farmers.


AGENT has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 862613.


Countries involved

Network Partners

 CompanyGenebankResearch instituteOthersCountryInstitute
1     Bulgaria Institute of Plant Genetic Resources “ Konstantin Malkov”, Sadovo, Plovdiv district
2       Czech Republic Crop Research Institute, Prague
3       Denmark Sejet Plant Breeding, Horsens
4       Denmark Nordic Seed, Galten
5     Estonia Centre of Estonian Rural Research and Knowledge (METK), Jõgeva
6       Finland Boreal Plant Breeding Ltd., Jokioinen
7     Finland Natural Resources Institute Finland, Helsinki
8       France Limagrain, Saint Beauzire
9       France RAGT R2N, Rodez
10       Germany Syngenta Seeds GmbH, Bad Salzuflen
11       Germany Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI), Quedlinburg
12       Germany Ackermann Saatzucht GmbH & Co. KG, Irlbach
13       Germany Deutsche Saatveredelung AG, Lippstadt
14       Germany Saatzucht Josef Breun GmbH & Co. KG, Herzogenaurach
15       Germany BASF Agricultural Solutions Seed GmbH, Gatersleben
16       Germany Gemeinschaft zur Förderung von Pflanzeninnovation e.V, Bonn
17     Germany Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung, Seeland, OT Gatersleben
18       Germany Saatzucht Streng-Engelen GmbH & Co, Uffenheim
19       Germany W. von Borries-Eckendorf GmbH & Co. KG, Leopoldshoehe
20       Germany Bayerische Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft, Freising
21       Iceland Agricultural University of Iceland
22       Italy Semetica s.r.l., Montevarchi, Arezzo
23       Italy AS.A.R. Societa Semplice Agricola Randazzo, Buacina (PA)
24       Italy Fratelli Menzo Sas, Piazza Armerina
25       Italy Società Produttori Sementi - SYNGENTA, Argelato (Bologna)
26     Italy Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l'analisi dell'economia agraria, Foggia
27     Italy Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l'analisi dell'economia agraria, Piacenza
28       Italy APSOVSEMENTI S.p.A, Voghera
29       Italy Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Istituto di Bioscienze e BioRisorse, Portici, Naples
30       Italy ISEA Srl, Agroservice SpA, San Severino Marche, Macerata
31       Italy Rete Semi Rurali, Scandicci
32       Latvia Institute of Agricultural Resources and Economics, Priekuli
33       Lithuania Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Akademija, Kedainiai reg.
34       Norway Graminor AS, Ridabu
35     Portugal Instituto Nacional de Investigacao Agraria e Veterinaria (INIAV), Polo de Elvas
36       Serbia Biogranum d.o.o. Novi Sad, Novi Sad
37   Slovakia National Agricultural and Food Centre, Piestany
38       Spain Agrovegetal S.A., Sevilla
39       Sweden Nordic Genetic Resources Centre (NordGen), Alnarp
40       Sweden Lantmännen Lantbruk, Svalöv
41       Switzerland Agroscope, Nyon
42       Türkiye Ankara University, Faculty of Agriculture, Ankara
43       Türkiye Tarla Bitkileri Merkez Araştırma Enstitüsü, Yenimahalle,Ankara
44       Türkiye Cukurova University
45       Türkiye Tekfen TARIM, Istanbul
46       Türkiye AYER TOHUMCULUK LTD.STI, Gönen/Balıkesir
47     United Kingdom Germplasm Resources Unit, John Innes Centre, Norwich


January 2023
The EVA Wheat and Barley network will meet for a project meeting on 25-26 January 2024 in Fiorenzuola d’Arda, Italy. More information can be found [here].

November 2022
The EVA Wheat and Barley network met for their first in-person project meeting on 17-18 November 2022 in Freising, Germany. More information can be found [here].
October 2021
The 2nd Annual project meeting of the Wheat and Barley network took place virtually on MS Teams on 21 October 2021 [more info].

May 2020
Wheat and Barley Project meeting: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting originally planned for 5-6 May 2020 in Gatersleben, Germany, was replaced by a virtual meeting on 5 May 2020 [more info]


November 2018
ECPGR Workshop for the establishment of a European Evaluation Network (EVA) on wheat and barley, 27-28 November 2018, Berlin, Germany  [more info]


Related Information

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.