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Breeding for coffee and cocoa root resilience in low input farming systems based on improved rootstocks

Objective

Fruit tree crops (FTC), represented by more than 50 species grown on over 100 M Ha, are strongly affected by climate change (CC). Thanks to grafting, rootstocks can confer enhanced tolerance to abiotic and biotic stresses, providing a valuable solution to expand food production. BOLERO aims to i) develop phenotyping tools, ii) employ them to score root system architecture (RSA) traits of coffee/cocoa, including grafted plants, under controlled and on-field conditions, iii) decode the microbiome of coffee/cocoa plants and the interface with the root exudates with large-scale metabolic modelling, and iv) use these resources to build predictive models of RSA traits in terms of genotypic data and microbiome composition and abundance to accelerate coffee/cocoa breeding. This data compendium will be used in combination with a data hub to survey the genetic diversity in FTCs and use it to dissect the genetic basis of RSA traits and their plasticity. BOLERO will propose fast and low-cost breeding strategies to create rootstocks, which will be tested in low-input coffee/cocoa farming systems. The agronomic performances and profitability of grafted plants will be assessed in Vietnam. BOLERO will rely on the knowledge of the large scientific community in Europe, the support of national institutes in tropical countries, and the expertise of industries to lead a multidisciplinary study for rootstocks selection with Coffee as a model, Cocoa as proof of concept, and propose tools and techniques transferable easily to all FTCs. BOLERO will develop and demonstrate for the first time at a large scale the open-source seeds initiative. BOLERO will therefore contribute to the Biodiversity and Farm to Fork Strategies, through significant impacts on the way FTCs are bred and on the use of beneficial soil biota and biodiversity, leading on adaptation to CC, inputs used and soil carbon sequestration.

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CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONALE EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LEDEVELOPPEMENT - C.I.R.A.D. EPIC
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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
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Participants (15)

INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AUSTRIA
Austria
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€ 375 400,00
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Am Campus 1
3400 Klosterneuburg

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Niederösterreich Wiener Umland/Nordteil
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
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€ 780 625,00
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Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht

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West-Nederland Utrecht Utrecht
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY
Ireland
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€ 829 500,00
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University Road
H91 Galway

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Ireland Eastern and Midland Dublin
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UNIVERSITAET POTSDAM
Germany
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€ 820 602,50
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Am Neuen Palais 10
14469 Potsdam

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Brandenburg Brandenburg Potsdam
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€ 0,00
LEIBNIZ - INSTITUT FUER PFLANZENGENETIK UND KULTURPFLANZENFORSCHUNG
Germany
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€ 273 083,75
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Correnstrasse 3
06466 Seeland Ot Gatersleben

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Sachsen-Anhalt Sachsen-Anhalt Salzlandkreis
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€ 0,00
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
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€ 247 806,25
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Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn

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Danmark Hovedstaden Byen København
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FUNDACION NICAFRANCE
Nicaragua
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Gasolinera De Xilda 150 Mts Hacia La Laguna Porton Verde A Mano Dereche Cidudad Sandino
Managua

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€ 0,00
VIEN KHOA HOC KY THUAT NONG LAM NGHIEP TAY NGUYEN
Vietnam
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Nguyen Luong Bang 53
84 Buon Ma Thuot

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NATIONAL COFFEE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Uganda
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€ 259 386,25
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35 Km Katosi Road Off Mukono-jina Highway
Kampala

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KONINKLIJKE DOUWE EGBERTS B.V.
Netherlands
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€ 166 000,00
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Oosterdoksstraat 80
1011 DK Amsterdam

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West-Nederland Noord-Holland Groot-Amsterdam
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ILLYCAFFE S.P.A
Italy
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Via Flavia 110
34147 Trieste

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Nord-Est Friuli-Venezia Giulia Trieste
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€ 10 000,00
LUIGI LAVAZZA SPA
Italy
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€ 105 000,00
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Via Bologna 32
10152 Torino

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Nord-Ovest Piemonte Torino
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UNIVERZITA PALACKEHO V OLOMOUCI
Czechia
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Krizkovskeho 8
771 47 Olomouc

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Střední Morava Olomoucký kraj
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France
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34-40 Rue Guynemer
92130 Issy-les-moulineaux

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Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Hauts-de-Seine
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AGROMILLORA CATALANA SAU
Spain
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El Rebato Sn
08739 Subirats

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Este Cataluña Barcelona
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