VEG-ADAPT (Adapting Mediterranean Vegetable Cops to Climate Change-induced Multiple Stress) is an international research project approved under the PRIMA - IS call 2018 and launched 1 October 2019. It is supported by National Funding Agencies of the participating countries.

The OVERALL GOAL of VEG-ADAPT is to contribute to adaptation of vegetable crops to single and multiple stresses induced by climate change in the Mediterranean area.


2 million Euros


45 months (October 2019 to June 2023)


13 partners from France, Germany, Greede, Italy, Jordan, Morocco, Turkey, Spain


Tomato, Pepper, Melon

To this aim, genetic and physiological traits providing tolerance and resilience to drought, heat, and salinity will be characterized; crop management systems adapted to tolerant/resilient varieties will be optimized; new stress-adapted genotypes will be profiled and/or developed by exploiting local genetic diversity as well as novel genotypes and hybrids.

VEG-ADAPT takes as case studies three major Mediterranean vegetable crops, namely tomato, pepper, and melon, which will be characterized for adaptation to single and multiple stress and tested in the field for tolerance and resilience under different management systems.

Research will be focused on phenotype-and genotype-driven selection of adapted genotypes, on discovery of novel molecular processes, on genetic traits and quantitative trait loci (QTLs) linked to tolerance, on optimization of soil amendments, and on development of tolerant rootstocks. Fruit quality, and tolerance to pathogens and pests of the selected genotypes will be taken into account.