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Evolution of genetic network required for fruit and fruit-like structures development of land plants.

Objective

Human and animal nutritional needs are mainly based on the intake of seeds and fruits which are also sources of other priceless products useful for our own well-being. For the plants themselves, the fruits are a key to seed dispersal and ensure future plant generations. Although fruits show diverse structural and seed dispersal mechanisms across flowering plants it seems that all species might share a common developmental network. Fruits, in the strictest sense, are only present in angiosperms and are mainly derived from the ovary wall. Nevertheless, fruit-like structures, used for seed dispersal are present also in Gymnosperms. This research project proposes to build an intercontinental and interdisciplinary network with the aim to elucidate the evolution of the molecular signaling and the crosstalk among different players that underpin the development of fruit and fruit-like structures. We will focus on: a) the functional evolution of key transcription factors known to be integral for fruit and fruit-like development. To build the Fruit evolutionary conserved Genetic Regulatory Network (FGRN) we will consider core eudicots such as Aethionema arabicum, the orphan crops Lepidium campestre, Solanum lycopersicon and Passiflora edulis. We will include also non-core/early diverging eudicots: Papaver somniferum, and Aristolochia fimbriata and the gymnosperms Ginkgo biloba and Taxus baccata. b) the hormonal signaling involved in the coordination and synchronization of the steps of fruit/fruit-like development c) cell wall pathways involved in pectin maturation and cellulose deposition required for fruit development. We will use a broad set of approaches such as molecular genetics, evolutionary genomics, biochemical and biophysical analyses. The consortium will be engaged in a large program of communication and dissemination of these topics with the involvement and outreach efforts of three Botanical Gardens.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Net EU contribution
€ 179 400,00
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Italy

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Region
Nord-Est Veneto Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 23 000,00

Participants (4)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 170 200,00
Address
Via Festa Del Perdono 7
20122 Milano

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Region
Nord-Ovest Lombardia Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 110 400,00
FRIEDRICH-SCHILLER-UNIVERSITAT JENA
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 32 200,00
Address
Furstengraben 1
07743 Jena

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Region
Thüringen Thüringen Jena, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 13 800,00
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 119 600,00
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid

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Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 73 600,00
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 161 000,00
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen

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Region
Oost-Nederland Gelderland Veluwe
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 124 200,00

Partners (8)

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Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION Y DE ESTUDIOS AVANZADOS DEL INSTITUTO POLITECNICO NACIONAL
Mexico
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Avenida Instituto Politecnico Nacional 2508
07360 Mexico

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 142 600,00
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Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

UNIVERSIDAD DE ANTIOQUIA
Colombia
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Calle 67 53-108
1226 Medellin

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 41 400,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

THE NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN
United States
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Southern Boulevard 2900
10458 Bronx Ny

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 18 400,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

UNIVERSIDADE DE SAO PAULO
Brazil
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Rua Da Reitoria 109 Butanta
05508 900 Sao Paulo Sp

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 59 800,00
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Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

UNIVERSIDADE ESTADUAL DE CAMPINAS
Brazil
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Cidade Universitaria Zeferino Sn
13083 875 Campinas Sp

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 59 800,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE
Australia
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Non-EU contribution
€ 64 400,00
Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

BOYCE THOMPSON INSTITUTE
United States
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
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Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
United States
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Sullivan Drive 270 Suite 240 Box 7514
27695 7514 Raleigh

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00