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PARTNER 1: Institute for Conservation and Improvement of Valencian Agrodiversity (COMAV)
                     Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain)
The Spanish Group is formed by Prof. Dr. Jaime Prohens, Prof. Dr. Santiago Vilanova, Prof. Dr. Ana Fita, Prof. Dr. Adrián Rodríguez-Burruezo, Dr. Isabel Andújar, PhD students Francisco Javier Herráiz and Pietro Gramazio and technician Mariola Plazas. All of them are affiliated to the Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain). The team leader and coordinator of the project is Prof. Dr. Jaime Prohens, who is full professor of Genetics and Plant Breeding and Director of the Institute for Conservation and Improvement of Valencian Agrodiversity (COMAV). This is an interdisciplinary group with wide experience in eggplant breeding, characterization and evaluation, molecular markers development, marker assisted breeding, interspecific hybridation, and embryo rescue. The group has obtained advanced backcross generations from S. incanum into the genetic background of S. melongena by means of marker assisted selection. During the last years, the members have published more than 25 papers in international JCR refereed journals and organized the 2010 edition of the triennial EUCARPIA Capsicum and Eggplant Meeting (2010), with 172 participants.

Prof. Dr. Jaime Prohens
Prof. Dr. Santiago Vilanova
Prof. Dr. Ana Fita
Prof. Dr. Adrián
Prof. Dr. Salvador Soler
Dr. Francisco Javier Herráiz
Dr. Pietro Gramazio
María José Pérez
Dr. Mariola Plazas

This work is part of the initiative "Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change: Collecting, Protecting and Preparing Crop Wild Relatives" which is supported by the Government of Norway. The project is managed by the Global Crop Diversity Trust with the Millenium Seed Bank of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and implemented in partnership with national and international gene banks and plant breeding institutes around the world. For forward informatin see the project website: