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.