Olive Roads is the promotion of the cooperation of human resources and infrastructure of Greece, in order to highlight the qualitative characteristics of the Greek varieties and olive oil. Using genomic and advanced diagnostic technologies, it aims to trace, identify, and certify olive varieties and improve the processes of edible olive and olive oil production. In this way, unique national products, such as olive and olive oil, gain added value and a strategic competitive advantage that will help to enhance extroversion.
Specific objectives of the network include the development of Greek countryside, support local producers and ensure consumer protection. At the same time, emphasis is placed on a) plant protection and the fight against important "enemies" of the olive tree, b) holistic sequencing of "Koroneiki" and "Hondrolia Halkidiki" olive genomes, c) genetic characterization of the various Greek olive varieties, d) olive plant protection with modern technologies, as well as a large-scale application of high-resolution techniques for the analysis of olive oil samples and mapping of the ecosystem of olive varieties in different geographical areas of the country. Capitalization of the results in economic and commercial field, includes the registration of a brand name of Greek olive varieties (certification of propagating material - traceability). Phenotypic and genomic characterization, will form the basis for documentation of Greek origin through the creation of a National Database of Greek olive varieties.
The national network includes, research agencies from all over Greece, such as the Hellenic Agricultural Organization DIMITER (HAO-DEMETER), the Agricultural University of Athens, the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, the University of Crete, Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (FORTH), the National Center of Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, the University of Thessaly, the Benaki Phytopathological Institute, the University of Patras, the Helllenic Food Authority (EFET) and the Alexander Fleming Biomedical Sciences Research Center.
Scientific coordinator of the program is the Associate Professor Athanasios Molasiotis of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
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Προγράμματος Δημοσίων Επενδύσεων της Γενικής Γραμματείας Έρευνας και Τεχνολογίας