PlantUp aims at the introduction and development of an integrated and cutting-edge infrastructure for the preservation and exploitation of the wealth and heritage of the hellenic plant biodiversity, while assuring consumers' health and environmental protection. The implementation of PlantUp will reinforce existing infrastructures and is expected to produce a number of significant results, including: the preservation of biodiversity and the conservation of plants' genetic resources; efficient plant health maintenance; a safeguard against any invasive, non-indigenous harmful organisms (hOs) in new plant species; certified domestic plant propagating material; the introduction of new plant species and cultivars into cultivation; the development of modern, advanced and more sustainable technologies in cultivation practices; the discovery of natural products (nPs) of pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, cosmeceutical and agrochemical interest; as well as the development of high-added-value products.
More specifically, the Department of Horticultural Genetics and Biotechnology of the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania will upgrade its existing infrastructure with complementary state-of-the art equipment in the scientific area of genomics and phenomics. The main objective focus mostly on the molecular physiology aspects and the genotyping of cultivars in order to investigate growth and developmental programs and assess their genetic diversity. Moreover, by using advanced methodologies from Applied Mathematics, Image Processing and scientific computing will perform morphological analysis of the germplasm of different crop species and will investigate the use of such methodologies in the direction of cultivar identification.
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens - Greece