Hazelnut cultivation in Piedmont is a rapidly growing agricultural sector characterized by: i) constant and significant increase in the total area planted; ii) high quality profile of its production, based on the cultivar ‘Tonda Gentile Trilobata’ (TGT). This favorable situation is contrasted by the negative impact of climate change on agriculture. Water is a precious resource, and it is now necessary to optimize its use in a more sustainable manner also by powering the selection of rootstocks and new genotypes. The aims of BREEDINCORE are: i) to study the behavior of the TGT and of the ‘Dundee’ non-suckering rootstock in conditions of water stress; ii) to analyze, from a physiological and molecular point of view, the effect of non-suckering rootstocks on TGT to introduce the use of grafted plants in hazelnut cultivation; iii) to achieve and select new accessions more tolerant/resistant to local and international pathogens and/or suitable for climatic conditions.
Project leader: Paolo Boccacci
IPSP personnel: Paolo Boccacci, Walter Chitarra, Giorgio Gambino, Luca Nerva, Chiara Pagliarani, Irene Perrone