The Mediterranean Pistacia genus germplasm collection at Sede, Boker Israel Academic Article uri icon


  • A Mediterranean Pistacia germplasm collection is being established at the Jacob Blaustein Institute for desert Research, Sede Boker Campus. The collection consists of a live seedling collection and a seed collection. Seeds of Pistacia species growing around the Mediterranean basin were collected during the growing seasons of 1994/95 and 1995/96. Seeds of each accession were germinated at the JNF nursery at Gilat in the Negev and the seedlings transferred to a 16,000 m 2 plot in the Negev highland. The collection is planned to host all the species, subspecies and hybrids of the genus Pistacia. So far, we have collected 270 accessions of 6 species from Tunisia, Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Turkmenistan, Jordan, Turkey, Syria and Egypt. From each accession, 5 to 10 seedlings will be planted in the live collection. Seeds of each accession are also stored in a seed gene …

publication date

  • August 24, 1997