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Varietal Collections (Acireale, Caserta, Forlì, Rende, Rome)

Varietal Collections (Acireale, Caserta, Forlì, Rende, Rome)


The various farms managed by the Acireale office, include a total of more than 12,000 citrus trees of different varieties. In addition, the Acireale location holds and maintains pure bergamot and cedar in a protected environment. To conclude, it also maintains a multivarietal collection of cherimoya and avocado.

The location of Rende manages the Mirto Collection (CS) in collaboration with the Regional Agency for the Agricultural Development in the Calabria Region (ARSAC). The Mirto collection is one of the largest in the world and joins the International Collections Network of the International Olive Council (IOC). It obtained various fundings under different projects aimed at the authentication, preservation, restoration and exploitation of germplasm. In Collececco, near Spoleto, there is another important collection of olive varieties, with over 350 genotypes.

The Rome location hosts the National Centre of Fruit Germoplasm (CNGF) on an area of 30 ha, established in 2001 with funding from MiPAAF. Currently, it preserves over 5,000 accessions of over twenty species of fruit trees (pome fruit, stone fruit, dried fruit, small fruit, subtropical species). In Rome there are also multivarietal collections of modern varieties of peach, apricot, walnut, hazelnut, raspberry and blueberry.

The Forlì varietal collection consists of more than 3,800 varieties (cultivar and modern and traditional varieties, breeding and breeding lines) of cherry, strawberry, apple, pear, peach and plum, but also species of minor fruit and interspecific hybrids. New accessions are mainly maintained outdoors, in the farm of Magliano (FC), but a part of it is located under tunnels and in vitro (in slow growth).

The Caserta varietal collection is maintained outdoors, in the Area Nova farm in Pignataro Maggiore (CE), and consists of over 1,200 accessions (cultivars and accessions of the local germplasm) of cherry, apricot, apple, pear, peach, almond, plum, stone, chestnut and walnut, but also minor fruit species (nashi, rowan, quince, sour cherry, kaki, pomegranate, Japanese medlar, medlar, prickly pear and fig) and tropical ones (avocado and feijoa).

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Last update: 28 Dec 2020

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