International cooperation

International cooperation within Europe takes place through the Leafy Vegetables Working Group of the European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources (ECPGR) and by means of joint projects supported by the European Union. The Compositae Genome Project is a US collaborative genomics project on multiple crops within the family Compositae that also includes the genus Lactuca. More detailed information about these initiatives, including objectives, activities and achievements can be obtained from the following websites.

ECPGR working group on leafy vegetables

Working group of representatives from countries within the European region focusing on various leafy vegetable crops, including lettuce. Activities of the working group include the development of agreed minimum descriptors lists for morphological analysis and the development and maintenance of international databases with accession information. Within the framework of the ECPGR project 'AEGIS', aiming at the establishment of a virtual European collection, agreed minimum standards for operational genebank procedures are under development as well as the nomination of candidate accessions for the European collection.

European Union project 'Leafy vegetables germplasm, stimulating use'  

Project focussing on the documentation, regeneration, characterization, evaluation and utilization of European accessions of several leafy vegetable crops, including lettuce.

The Compositae Genome Project

Genomics project on economically and taxonomically important species in the Compositae, including lettuce. Objectives include the development of comprehensive gene catalogs, genomic sequences, detailed genetic maps and bioinformatics tools, which are available from the project website.