Project funded by the European Commission (Project RESGEN PL 98-113)
Eggplants are of considerable economic importance in some parts of Europe as vegetables, but they also command interest throughout Europe from breeders, seed companies, growers, consumers and phytochemists, who are concerned with better use of the genetic resources of eggplants.
Eggplants in the broad IPGRI sense encompass
several species of Solanum that are grown as gastronomically interesting
and nutritionally valuable vegetables, also as desert fruits and medicinal
plants, as well as many related wild species. The eggplants originate from
three continents, Asia, Africa and South America. The best known eggplant
species is Solanum melongena (brinjal, eggplant or aubergine), widely
cultivated in Asia (78 % of world production) and to a lesser but still
important extent in the Mediterranean basin, including Turkey (some 19
% of world production). Incidentally Turkey, an EU economic partner, produces
more eggplant than all of Europe.
Coordination Board and Partners (including participants Solanaceae Working Group)
Background and State of the Art
Inventory and creation of EGGNET database
Save, regenerate and identify
Coordination of EGGNET and the dissemination of the results which have been made readily accessible online via the following website:
The ECP/GR Eggplant Database
The EGGNET project has been concluded on April 1, 2005. Most objectives indicated and described above have been achieved, i.e. the creation of an EGGNET database for the inventory, primary and secondary characterization etc. The EGGNET database was created in order to make an inventory of, and to connect the European holdings of eggplant germplasm at the different locations throughout the Europe, and has delivered a rich source of information on eggplants. Thanks to the exceptional richness of the collections in related wild species and cultivars, the EGGNET germplasm collections constitute probably the most important eggplant collection in the world.
In order to make the data obtained within the EGGNET project accessible for all interested parties an, a user-friendly, platform independent, web-based search pages and different output formats have been developed into the EGGPLANT database by the database managers Gerard Barendse and Gerard van der Weerden (Participants in EGGNET) in collaboration with Martijn Bellemakers (project manager), Boudewijn Janssen (programmer) and Jan Rijnders (adviser).
This EGGNET site was created in January 1999, last updated March 2005.