Chair Name: Daniela Giovannini (CREA - Council for Agricultural Research and Economics), Via La Canapona 1 bis, 47121 Forli, Italy, Tel.: +39 (0)543 89566( dial 4), Fax: +39 (0)543 89077
Secretary Name: Pavlina Drogoudi (Department of Deciduous Fruit Trees, Institute of Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources, Hellenic Agricultural Organization 'Demeter), 38 R.R. Station, 59035 Naoussa, Greece, Tel.: +30 (0)23320 41548, Fax: +30 (0)23320 41178
Focus of Working:
The Apricot and Peach Working Group (WG) was established in 2014 and currently includes researchers from 33 European Research and Demonstration Institutes.
In 2016, the WG has embarked on an initiative to set up a network of evaluation of novel peach cultivars in the EU, aiming to harmonize the varietal evaluation and to improve the dissemination and quality of information on the newly released peach and nectarine cultivars.
At the beginning of 2018, a multi-site testing trial of 17 peach and nectarine Reference cultivars was established in 11 experimental sites located in Italy, Spain, France, Greece and Romania. In order to harmonize evaluation across sites, the WG also selected 44 most important agronomical and pomological descriptors to assess cultivar performance and protocols, methods and pictures/drawings to help their scoring. A Peach Guideline will soon be available on the EUFRIN website.
The WG meets regularly every 2 years. Previous meetings were held in Forlì, Italy (2014), Lleida, Spain (2016) and Balandran, France (2018).