Workshop on Cereal Seed Production in Lemnos

With great pleasure, MedINA, the Institute of Plant Breeding andGenetic Resources, and the Greek Gene Bank of the Hellenic Agricultural Organisation (ELGO-DIMITRA) invite you to the first training workshop on the conservation of Lemnian landraces, titled "Methods of seed production of traditional cereal landraces of Lemnos," which will take place on February 29th, from 7 to9 pm, at Apothiki in Myrina, Lemnos.

We are delighted to host Dr. Ioannis Mylonas, Lead Researcher of Seed Production and Improvement of Cereals at the Institute of Genetic Improvement and Plant Genetic Resources of ELGO-DIMITRA. With over 20 years of experience in research and improvement of cereals, Dr. Mylonas, holding degrees in Agriculture at the undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral levels, is one of the leading Greek researchers in the field. He has participated in more than 20 research programs and authored over 40 academic publications.

Lemnos is home to a unique agrifood heritage with numerous local landraces. Almost two years after the inscription of the traditional variety "Panagia’s barley" as a "variety for conservation" in the National Register of Crop Varieties, within the framework of the Terra Lemnia project, which wascoordinated by MedINA, a seminar exclusively dedicated to the production of Lemnian cereal seeds aims to further the efforts for the conservation and utilization of this unique resource.

The seminar will address proper agricultural practices that enhance seed production, covering the calculation of the appropriate quantity of sowing seed and the correct preparation of fields for seed production. The importance of preserving genetic identity and purity of landraces will be at the center of the seminar, along with the examination of the proper preparation of machinery related to seeding, cultivation, and harvesting. Additionally, we will explore the significance of proper seed preservation (post-harvest handling).

This seminar is part of MedINA's new project "LEMRACE – Safeguarding Lemnian Landraces" and is the first in a series of workshops for the conservation, promotion, and utilization of Lemnian traditional varieties of cultivated plants. Participation in all workshops is free of charge.

Together, we safeguard Lemnos' agricultural genetic heritage, creating iconic products of added value!

The project "Conservation of the Genetic Wealth of Lemnos: Local Varieties for Sustainable Development of the Lemnian Agrifood System" is implemented by the Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos and the Institute of Plant Breeding & Genetic Resources (IGB&PGPR) of ELGO-DIMITRA, funded by the Green Fund.

LEMRACE: The new project for the local landraces of Lemnos has started with its own website and logo

MedINA is actively initiating the implementation of the LEMRACE project, with the first actions already planned.The objective of the project is the safeguarding of the agricultural genetic heritage of Lemnos through the conservation and utilization of the island's local landraces.

Following the creation of the logo, LEMRACE now has its own website! Everyone interested can now get extensive updates on all information related to the project, actions, and news through, in a user-friendly environment with easy navigation.

The LEMRACE project is detailed on the website, highlighting MedINA's commitment to a healthy, sustainable, and resilient food system on Lemnos. The website was created by IkarianMEDIA, MedINA’s longterm partner.

The website serves as a catalyst to announce the first seed production seminar, which will be implemented on the island of Lemnos as part of the project's second action: Development and Educational Support of a network of seed guardians on Lemnos . Detailed information and an open invitation for anyone interested will follow in the coming days.

MedINA's work continues with the aim of valorising the island's landraces with their unique characteristics and creating iconic food products of added value!

The project " LEMRACE – Conservation of the crop genetic wealth of Lemnos: local varieties for sustainable development of the Lemnian food system " is implemented by the Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos and the Institute of Genetics & Plant Genetic Resources (IGBPR) of ELGO-DIMITRA and is funded by the Green Fund.

The project LEMRACE gets its own identity!

LEMRACE… like LEMNOS (Λήμνος) and LANDRACE (local variety)! The new project by MedINA, “LEMRACE” paves the way aiming to strengthen the agricultural genetic heritage of Lemnos and focusing on the conservation and capitalisation of the island’s local crop varieties.

The actions that will follow within the project are numerous and equally interesting, always with the goal of enhancing our phytogenetic and envisioning a healthy and sustainable agri-food system on Lemnos.

The MedINA team is working intensively for the best possible implementation of the project at all levels, starting with the creation of the project’s logo, which expresses and what the project represents: the simplicity of nature nature and our land, and the power hidden in the tiniest of seeds , for a sustainable agri-food future!

The logo was created by the PRODUCTIVE LAND team, whom we sincerely thank for their excellent collaboration and support!

This is just the beginning! Stay tuned because soon we will launch the LEMRACE website and initiate the numerous planned actions to leverage the treasure of local crop varieties and their unique characteristics aiming to creating landmarks of added value!

The project “LEMRACE – Conservation of the plant genetic wealth of Lemnos: local varieties for sustainable development of the Lemnian agri-food system”, with a budget of €49,750.00, is implemented by the Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos and the Greek Gene Bank / Institute of Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources of ELGO-DIMITRA, in the framework of the funding programme “NATURAL ENVIRONMENT & INNOVATIVE ACTIONS 2023”, Priority Axis 4: “INNOVATIVE ACTIONS WITH CITIZENS”. The project belongs to the thematic field “A.4. Protection and Conservation of Biodiversity” and is funded by the Green Fund.