Development of improved perennial non-food biomass and bioproduct crops for water stressed environments

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Project Title: Development of improved perennial non-food biomass and bioproduct crops for water stressed environments
Project Number: CORDIS-104331
Project web address: Follow on CORDIS
Organization: University Of Southampton, United Kingdom, Southampton
Collaborators: Wageningen University, NL
Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche, IT
Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique (Cnrs), FR
Technische Universitaet Muenchen, DE
Università Degli Studi Della Tuscia, IT
Institut National De La Recherche Agronomique, FR
Universitat De Les Illes Balears, ES
Lancaster University, GB
Alma Mater Studiorum - University Of Bologna, IT
Aberystwyth University, GB
Swetree Technologies Ab, SE
Inra Transfert S.A., FR
Panepistimio Kritis, GR
Stichting Wageningen Research, NL
Donal Murphy-Bokern, DE
Schwarz Kai-Uwe Wolfgang, DE
Alasia Franco Vivai Societa Semplice, IT
Zim Plant Technology Gmbh, DE
Iga Technology Services Srl, IT
Geneticlab S.R.L., IT
Principal Investigators (PI): Sarah Taylor, GB
Yan Qiao, GB
Nadja Daghbouche, DE
Andrea Monti, IT
Marco Barbini, IT
Magnus Hertzberg, SE
Jean-Pierre Poinsard, FR
Xavier Garcias, ES
Katrin Hörmann, DE
Francesco Loreto, IT
Eleni Karkanaki, GR
Donal Murphy-Bokern, DE
Angela Baker, FR
Peter Van Beem, NL
Béatrice Saint-Cricq, FR
Ornella Peretti, IT
Simon Rueger, DE
Maria Lindgren, SE
Elena Misdariis, IT
Kai-Uwe Wolfgang Schwarz, DE
Iain Donnison, GB
Flavio Maso, IT
 
Project Description:
The goal of WATBIO is to use the power of next generation sequencing to develop an accelerated route for producing new germplasm with enhanced drought tolerance whilst maintaining biomass productivity and quality in water scarce, marginal environments unsuitable for food crops.This will be achieved for three non-food crops (Populus, Miscanthus and Arundo), suitable for growth on water scarce, marginal lands, through a 5-year translational research project. Populus and Miscanthus germplasm with increased drought tolerance will be produced within WATBIO whilst for Arundo its genetic diversity will be assessed and breeding tools developed.Twenty-two multidisciplinary partners (14 academics, and 7 SMEs) spanning the whole value chain for crop production will collectively achieve this innovation by 1) identifying key molecular, cellular and physiological traits for the maintenance of biomass production, lignocellulosic quality and water use efficiency in water-scarce environments; 2) linking these traits through modelling to underlying key genes, proteins and metabolite networks; 3) utilising a wide range of germplasm for screening in phenotyping platforms and field measurements at multiple sites to test importance of genotype x environment interactions in determining traits; 4) using sequence based gene expression data, identify 40 genes related to drought tolerance for testing proof of concept using GM approach; and 5) using sequence-based data for genome wide association and genetical genomic approaches, link physiology to traits of high heritability and to underlying genes.WATBIO will transfer knowledge of commercial significance using its industrial partners and stakeholders enabling the deployment of biotechnology to boost European competitiveness, without the necessity of GM. Through workshops, seminars and exchanges, WATBIO will train the next generation of multi-disciplinary professionals in the area of biomass crop production on marginal lands.
 
Project Terms:
scientific research
Project Title: Development of improved perennial non-food biomass and bioproduct crops for water stressed environments
Project Number: CORDIS-104331
Project web address: Follow on CORDIS
Organization: University Of Southampton, United Kingdom, Southampton
Collaborators: Wageningen University, NL
Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche, IT
Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique (Cnrs), FR
Technische Universitaet Muenchen, DE
Università Degli Studi Della Tuscia, IT
Institut National De La Recherche Agronomique, FR
Universitat De Les Illes Balears, ES
Lancaster University, GB
Alma Mater Studiorum - University Of Bologna, IT
Aberystwyth University, GB
Swetree Technologies Ab, SE
Inra Transfert S.A., FR
Panepistimio Kritis, GR
Stichting Wageningen Research, NL
Donal Murphy-Bokern, DE
Schwarz Kai-Uwe Wolfgang, DE
Alasia Franco Vivai Societa Semplice, IT
Zim Plant Technology Gmbh, DE
Iga Technology Services Srl, IT
Geneticlab S.R.L., IT
Principal Investigators (PI): Sarah Taylor, GB
Yan Qiao, GB
Nadja Daghbouche, DE
Andrea Monti, IT
Marco Barbini, IT
Magnus Hertzberg, SE
Jean-Pierre Poinsard, FR
Xavier Garcias, ES
Katrin Hörmann, DE
Francesco Loreto, IT
Eleni Karkanaki, GR
Donal Murphy-Bokern, DE
Angela Baker, FR
Peter Van Beem, NL
Béatrice Saint-Cricq, FR
Ornella Peretti, IT
Simon Rueger, DE
Maria Lindgren, SE
Elena Misdariis, IT
Kai-Uwe Wolfgang Schwarz, DE
Iain Donnison, GB
Flavio Maso, IT
 
Project Categories:
Natural Sciences
 
Other Information:
Fiscal Year: 2012
Project Start Date: 1 November 2012
Project End Date: 31 October 2017
Project program: FP7-KBBE
 
Project Funding Information:
Funding Mechanism: CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)
Year Funding Organization Total Funding, $
2012 European Research Council $12,826,442
Project Title: Development of improved perennial non-food biomass and bioproduct crops for water stressed environments
Project Number: CORDIS-104331
Project web address: Follow on CORDIS
Organization: University Of Southampton, United Kingdom, Southampton
Collaborators: Wageningen University, NL
Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche, IT
Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique (Cnrs), FR
Technische Universitaet Muenchen, DE
Università Degli Studi Della Tuscia, IT
Institut National De La Recherche Agronomique, FR
Universitat De Les Illes Balears, ES
Lancaster University, GB
Alma Mater Studiorum - University Of Bologna, IT
Aberystwyth University, GB
Swetree Technologies Ab, SE
Inra Transfert S.A., FR
Panepistimio Kritis, GR
Stichting Wageningen Research, NL
Donal Murphy-Bokern, DE
Schwarz Kai-Uwe Wolfgang, DE
Alasia Franco Vivai Societa Semplice, IT
Zim Plant Technology Gmbh, DE
Iga Technology Services Srl, IT
Geneticlab S.R.L., IT
Principal Investigators (PI): Sarah Taylor, GB
Yan Qiao, GB
Nadja Daghbouche, DE
Andrea Monti, IT
Marco Barbini, IT
Magnus Hertzberg, SE
Jean-Pierre Poinsard, FR
Xavier Garcias, ES
Katrin Hörmann, DE
Francesco Loreto, IT
Eleni Karkanaki, GR
Donal Murphy-Bokern, DE
Angela Baker, FR
Peter Van Beem, NL
Béatrice Saint-Cricq, FR
Ornella Peretti, IT
Simon Rueger, DE
Maria Lindgren, SE
Elena Misdariis, IT
Kai-Uwe Wolfgang Schwarz, DE
Iain Donnison, GB
Flavio Maso, IT
 
Project Title Organization FY Funding
Development Of Improved Perennial Non-Food Biomass And Bioproduct Crops For Water Stressed EnvironmentsUniversity Of Southampton2012$12,826,442
Project Title: Development of improved perennial non-food biomass and bioproduct crops for water stressed environments
Project Number: CORDIS-104331
Project web address: Follow on CORDIS
Organization: University Of Southampton, United Kingdom, Southampton
Collaborators: Wageningen University, NL
Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche, IT
Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique (Cnrs), FR
Technische Universitaet Muenchen, DE
Università Degli Studi Della Tuscia, IT
Institut National De La Recherche Agronomique, FR
Universitat De Les Illes Balears, ES
Lancaster University, GB
Alma Mater Studiorum - University Of Bologna, IT
Aberystwyth University, GB
Swetree Technologies Ab, SE
Inra Transfert S.A., FR
Panepistimio Kritis, GR
Stichting Wageningen Research, NL
Donal Murphy-Bokern, DE
Schwarz Kai-Uwe Wolfgang, DE
Alasia Franco Vivai Societa Semplice, IT
Zim Plant Technology Gmbh, DE
Iga Technology Services Srl, IT
Geneticlab S.R.L., IT
Principal Investigators (PI): Sarah Taylor, GB
Yan Qiao, GB
Nadja Daghbouche, DE
Andrea Monti, IT
Marco Barbini, IT
Magnus Hertzberg, SE
Jean-Pierre Poinsard, FR
Xavier Garcias, ES
Katrin Hörmann, DE
Francesco Loreto, IT
Eleni Karkanaki, GR
Donal Murphy-Bokern, DE
Angela Baker, FR
Peter Van Beem, NL
Béatrice Saint-Cricq, FR
Ornella Peretti, IT
Simon Rueger, DE
Maria Lindgren, SE
Elena Misdariis, IT
Kai-Uwe Wolfgang Schwarz, DE
Iain Donnison, GB
Flavio Maso, IT
 
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