Lettuce field trial. Photo: R. van Treuren


Jelka Šuštar Vozlič
Confirmed as Chair in February 2019

Working Group activities and related events

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

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. This work was also presented at the  Eucarpia Leafy Vegetables Conference in Utrecht, the Netherlands, which took place from 28-31 August, 2023.

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
European Evaluation Networks (EVA
) - Vegetables Network. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting of the EVA Lettuce Project, originally planned for 30-31 March in Salsomaggiore Terme, Italy, was replaced by a virtual meeting on 30 March 2020. [more info]

June 2019
The Chair of the Working Group gave a presentation titled “ECPGR Working Group on Leafy Vegetables: Prospects and Challenges for Phase X” at the 2019 EUCARPIA Leafy Vegetables Conference held 24-28 June 2019 in Olomouc, Czech Republic.

October 2017
“Consequences of climate change for conserving leafy vegetable CWRs in Europe (CCLEAFY)”: the final Activity report and related appendices are now available online [here]

May 2016
The project on "Consequences of climate change for conserving leafy vegetable CWRs in Europe (CCLEAFY)", submitted by the Leafy Vegetables Working Group for funding under the third call of the ECPGR Activity Grant Scheme, was selected by the Executive Committee. [more info]

March 2016
The Leafy Vegetables Working Group agreed on their crop-specific standards for orthodox seeds (see here)

October 2013
The second meeting of the ECPGR Leafy Vegetables Working Group took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 8-9 October 2013  [link to ECPGR archive]

Previous years [link to ECPGR archive]

Working Group operative documents

  • Working Group Chair’s report for Phase IX (prepared for the Fifteenth ECPGR Steering Committee Meeting) (see here) 

Background information

In May 2000, in Vila Real, Portugal, the ECPGR Vegetables Network Coordinating Group recommended also extending collaborative activities to Solanaceae, Cucurbits and Leafy Vegetables and included these crops within the Network's mandate.

The ad hoc Group on Leafy Vegetables met for the first time during the ECPGR Vegetables Network meeting in Skierniewice, Poland, May 2003 (see: meeting report [here]. Experts of these crops were able to discuss opportunities of cooperation within ECPGR. It was concluded that the Leafy Vegetables Group would focus on the most important crops, i.e. lettuce, spinach and Cichorium and their wild relatives.

A proposal to establish a formal ECPGR Working Group on Leafy Vegetables was prepared and endorsed by the ECPGR Steering Committee in October 2003. The first meeting of the formal Working Group was held in Olomouc, Check Republic, 13-14 October 2005.