ISPROP FORGEN / Integrated Selection, Protection and Promotion of Balkan Forest Genetic Resources with Aesthetic Value

Acronym: ISPROP FORGEN
Project title: Integrated Selection, Protection and Promotion of Balkan Forest Genetic Resources with Aesthetic Value
Priority axis: 2. Enhancement of the environmental resources and cultural heritage of the programme area
Measure: 2.1 Promote and protect the environmental resources of the area
Overall Lead Partner &
Financial Lead Partner 1:
Special Account for Research Funds of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Laboratory of Forest Genetics and Plant Breeding)
Financial Lead Partner 2: Goce Delcev University – Stip (Faculty of Agriculture)
Budget: 258.140,09 €
Description:

As life standards rise, the demands of communities for ornamental plants increase. So far, Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia meet these demands through imports of ornamental plant material from Western Europe. However, the Balkan Peninsula is the heart of biodiversity and the cross-border forest ornamental plant market can enhance its exports.

The major objectives of the project are the following;

-  Selection of plant genetic material for its aesthetic and ornamental value (approximately 12 species from natural populations, artificial plantations or local market)

-    Collection of the plant material in the same region (gene banks) and protocol development for its cloning.

-    Introduction and provision of the market with new ornamental plant material (at least 3 species introduced in each country)

-    Promotion of the selected ornamental plants to the communities through the creation of arboreta (more than 2.000 plants established)

-    Development of cloning protocols that encourage investments by private companies in the field of production and marketing

The final product is the establishment of two arboreta (3 ha in each country) where businesses can select species and reproduce them through the developed cloning protocol.

Project details:
Call No: F1
Protocol No: 4316
Signature date of the Overall Contract: 24/02/2012
Signature date of the Grant Contract: 22/12/2011
Signature date of the subsidy contract:
Subsidy Code: P002-2012
Project website: http://www.forestgenetics-ipa-cbc.eu/