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Unravelling the potential of the wheat microbiome for the development of healthier, more sustainable and resilient wheat-derived food & feed products

Objective

Current food production systems face many challenges (climate change, rampant demographic development) and new sustainable approaches are urgent. Wheat is a central crop in Europe and soil and plant microbial communities are of particular interest in wheat crops since (1) they are crucial solutions for restoring soils and protecting the crops and wheat-derived products against pathogens; (2) they play a key role in regulating plant metabolisms and, thus, the quality and properties of crops; and (3) they can be promising producers for a wide range of nutritional and healthy food and feed products. However, more studies on wheat microbiomes are needed as the current data is scarce.
The WHEATBIOME project will contribute in the understanding of the role of the wheat microbiome on sustainable development by undertaking cutting-edge research with strong collaboration between academia, industry, food system actors and governmental authorities distributed along 6 EU countries, and will explore the role of microbiomes in wheat production systems in a broad approach from soil to plate to:
• Understand the effect of biotic/abiotic factors on wheat microbiomes with 2 case studies and a lab-scale demonstrator.
• Unravel the soil-plant microbiome cross-talking on wheat metabolism and nutritional quality, and deliver sustainable farming practices for resilient and nutritious wheat crops via a new decision support system (DSS).
• Discover new fermentation capacities within indigenous wheat microbiomes and develop novel foods and feeds.
• Study the role of microbial fermentations in food/feed quality and reduce food waste by recirculating wheat by-products.
• Determine the interactions between wheat (prebiotics, probiotics, bioactive compounds, immunogenic proteins, etc.) and the human/animal microbiota, and its effect on human and animal health.
• Assess the perception of food system actors and citizens about microbiomes within food systems.

Coordinator

REQUIMTE REDE DE QUIMICA E DE TECNOLOGIA ASSOCIACAO
Net EU contribution
€ 715 190,00
Address
Praca Coronel Pacheco 15 6 Andar
4060-453 Porto
Portugal

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Region
Continente Norte Área Metropolitana do Porto
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 715 190,00

Participants (12)

UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO
Portugal
Net EU contribution
€ 626 245,00
Address
Praca Gomes Teixeira
4099-002 Porto

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Region
Continente Norte Área Metropolitana do Porto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 626 245,00
UNIVERSIDAD DE VIGO
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 605 500,00
Address
Lg Campus Lagoas Marcosende
36310 Vigo Pontevedra

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Region
Galicia Pontevedra
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 605 500,00
UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 316 835,00
Address
Avenida Blasco Ibanez 13
46010 Valencia

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Region
Este Comunitat Valenciana Valencia/València
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 316 835,00
INSTYTUT BIOTECHNOLOGII PRZEMYSLU ROLNO-SPOZYWCZEGO IM PROF WACLAWA DABROWSKIEGO - PANSTWOWY INSTYTUT BADAWCZY
Poland
Net EU contribution
€ 450 375,00
Address
Ulica Rakowiecka 36
02 532 Warszawa

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Region
Makroregion województwo mazowieckie Warszawski stołeczny Miasto Warszawa
Activity type
Other
Other funding
€ 450 375,00
CONTACTICA SL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 302 125,00
Address
Calle Canchal 8 Local 3
28021 Madrid

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 302 125,00
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 329 200,00
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen

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Region
Oost-Nederland Gelderland Veluwe
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 329 200,00
SZKOLA GLOWNA GOSPODARSTWA WIEJSKIEGO
Poland
Net EU contribution
€ 309 312,50
Address
Ul. Nowoursynowska 166
02 787 Warszawa

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Region
Makroregion województwo mazowieckie Warszawski stołeczny Miasto Warszawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 309 312,50
UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA
Portugal
Net EU contribution
€ 399 111,00
Address
Campus De Campolide
1099 085 Lisboa

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Region
Continente Área Metropolitana de Lisboa Área Metropolitana de Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 399 111,00
EDITORIAL AGRICOLA ESPANOLA SA
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 147 750,00
Address
Calle Caballero De Gracia 24 3 Izda
28013 Madrid

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Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 147 750,00
UAB ART21
Lithuania
Net EU contribution
€ 422 528,75
Address
Draugystes Str. 20-3
89167 Mazeikiai

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Lietuva Vidurio ir vakarų Lietuvos regionas Telšių apskritis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 422 528,75
ISANATUR SPAIN SL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 225 875,00
Address
Pol Ind Aloa Calle A Naves 01 02
31100 Puenta La Reina

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Noreste Comunidad Foral de Navarra Navarra
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 225 875,00
ALLATORVOSTUDOMANYI EGYETEM
Hungary
Net EU contribution
€ 210 500,00
Address
Istvan Utca 2
1078 Budapest

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Region
Közép-Magyarország Budapest Budapest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 210 500,00