Olive Crazy is a huge fan of information, and not just any information, but information that has been lovingly collected and catalogued.
Information collecting and cataloguing is for the dedicated and studious among us: university students, government and business researchers, and enthusiasts. The more involved I become in the business and culture of olives and olive oil the more appreciative I am of the olive databases I find while rummaging through the internet.
Here are a few of my favorites. I use all of them for my own olive research projects:
Olive Germplasm (cultivars, synonyms, cultivation area, collections, descriptors) database from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the Italian National Research Council, and Italian Institute of Plant Genetics.
DNA molecular markers Simple Sequence Repeats (SSR) database from the Italian National Research Council, Italian Institute of Plant Genetics. the University of Cordoba in Spain, and some university I couldn’t identify from its logo.
USDA Agricultural Research Service’s National Plant Germplasm System Germplasm Resource Information Network (GRIN) database (there are two separate links here so make sure to check out both).
The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program’s Managing Olive Pests and Diseases database.
May the sun shine through your branches.