Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution

, Volume 59, Issue 5, pp 889–899 | Cite as

Collecting horseradish (Armoracia rusticana, Brassicaceae): local uses and morphological characterization in Basilicata (Southern Italy)

  • Giulio Sarli
  • Antonino De Lisi
  • Rosa Agneta
  • Sabrina Grieco
  • Giovanna Ierardi
  • Francesco Montemurro
  • Donatella Negro
  • Vincenzo MontesanoEmail author
Research Article


A collection of Armoracia rusticana Gaertn., Mey. et Scherb. (horseradish) has been established at the Institute of Plant Genetics—National Research Council—Thematic Centre for the Preservation of Mediterranean Biodiversity located in Policoro (MT). Collecting missions have been conducted in internal areas of Basilicata region (South Italy). Ethnobotanical data were collected using a set of open-ended and multiple-choice questionnaires. These information provide an understanding of contemporary uses, agricultural practices and socio-cultural traditions associated with horseradish presence in the sites. Data regarding the variation of 26 morphological descriptors were recorded and statistically analized. The results showed a significative degree of variability between accessions and represent an instrument to understand perspectives of this plant for the agriculture of Basilicata region and it is the first step for the description and classification of this local horseradish germplasm.


Armoracia rusticana Germplasm collecting Horseradish Ethnobotany Morphological characterization 



The authors are grateful to the people of the municipalities who agreed to share their knowledge on Armoracia and donate the germplasm.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giulio Sarli
    • 1
  • Antonino De Lisi
    • 1
  • Rosa Agneta
    • 1
  • Sabrina Grieco
    • 1
  • Giovanna Ierardi
    • 1
  • Francesco Montemurro
    • 1
  • Donatella Negro
    • 2
  • Vincenzo Montesano
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto di Genetica Vegetale, Centro Tematico per la Conservazione della Biodiversità Vegetale MediterraneaPolicoro (MT)Italy
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Scienze delle Produzioni Vegetali, Università degli Studi di BariBariItaly

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