1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
To fund a benefit-sharing project in Albania for providing access to U.S. scientists to their plant genetic resources. To fund the Floristic expertise and Translator components of the joint U.S.-Albania plant exploration in Albania for temperate and subtropical, cultivated and wild, fruits and nuts scheduled for September 2011.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
Funds will be used to expand the collection of fruits and nuts in the plantings of the Agriculture University of Tirana to include germplasm collected during the 2011 Joint U.S. – Albania Plant Exploration for Fruits and Nuts. Also supported is the documentation of this and other native germplasm in botanical and conservation databases in Albania.
During FY 12, the Albanian share of the fruit and nut germplasm and associated documentation collected in the 2011 joint U.S.-Albania plant exploration was transferred to the Albanian genebank by the cooperator. A subset of the above germplasm was also propagated by the cooperator for eventual inclusion in the horticultural plantings at the Agricultural University of Tirana. A project to translate documents on traditional fruits and nuts of Albania from Albanian into English was also initiated by the cooperator.