META-PHORProject ID: 36220
Metabolomic Technology Applications for plants, health and outreach
Total cost:EUR 4 663 129
EU contribution:EUR 3 399 999
Call for proposal:FP6-2005-FOOD-4-BSee other projects for this call
Funding scheme:STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
Overall objective: META-PHOR will bring together key European players with proven track-records in the field of plant metabolomics technology development and application, crop biologists and nutritionists, in a closely focused and coordinated initiative to develop a high throughput metabolite-based phenotyping platform appropriate for the targeted improvement of plant breeding, engineering and processing strategies aimed at a more varied range of food products with enhanced nutritional quality.
Specific Strategic Research Objectives: In accordance with the call requirements, we shall focus on the following strategic objectives:
- To create the research environment necessary to enhance further the collaboration between research groups with an existing dedication to the development and application of novel innovative, high throughput plant metabolomics tools.
- To provide a means for direct intense interaction between biologists working on nutrition-related, quality aspects of European food crops and technologists working on metabolite and trace element profiling to design dedicated biological / bioinformatics tools appropriate for knowledge generation and decision management systems.
- To establish an integrated, multidisciplinary European-based phenotyping platform with initial focus on nutrition and health-related components but which has broad applicability.
- To incorporate and combine these activities with those of appropriate INCO partners and European SME's, which could greatly benefit from having access t o such a platform in their own applied research programmes.
- To establish an extensive outreach programme aimed at both science and society, which shall enhance open access to the tools and knowledge generated.
- To effectively manage the newly generated knowledge.