World Olive Germplasm Bank will sign an agreement with the IOC to exchange olive varieties

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The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of the Government of Andalusia, Elena Vívoras, said yesterday in Córdoba that the World Olive Germplasm Bank will sign an agreement with the International Olive Council (IOC) to exchange olive varieties with different member countries of this body, which is open to other national and international organizations interested in supporting this project.

This was noted by Elena Víboras during the inauguration of the technical conference “The Seed Bank and Certified Olive Tree Production in Andalusia”, organized by the Andalusian Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IFAPA) under the Ministry, with the collaboration of the University of Cordoba.

In her speech, Ms. Víboras stressed that genetic diversity characterizes the Andalusian olive grove, “a nature reserve that allows us to find solutions to current and future diseases or those properties that make a species better adapted to different mediums, which means a guarantee of the future for the sector”.

In this regard, the Minister said that this conference aimed “to deepen knowledge of one of the treasures that Córdoba holds, the World Olive Germplasm Bank, which includes more than 880 live samples with 500 different olive varieties of the 1,200 cataloged, not only to preserve them but also to know them better and use them to obtain new varieties”.

“We are witnessing a new era for the olive grove, a time of change that has been occurring with intensity in recent decades, because for centuries, farmers have been tilling the varieties that best suited their territory”, said Ms. Víboras, while adding that “a crop that has few varieties, and low genetic diversity, is more vulnerable to diseases or changes because it has fewer resources to adapt and further damage will spread faster”.

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