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IMPROVING THE YIELD STABILITY OF DURUM WHEAT UNDER MEDITERRANEAN CONDITIONS

Objective

Water is essential to sustaining human and environmental health but is already at scarcity level in some Eastern and Southern Mediterranean countries. Agriculture is by far the largest user of water resources accounting for around 75% of consumption, but n ever the less water remains a major determinant of crop yield. Under rain-fed conditions, characterised by low and uncertain rainfall, Durum wheat is one of the most widely cultivated crops. This project seeks to use a powerful systems-biology approach com bining genomics, crop physiology and agronomy to generate Durum wheat cultivars that have higher and more stable yields under Mediterranean drought conditions. The central thrust of the project is to both identify existing variation in Durum wheat germpl asm and to generate novel genetic variation for the stability of yield under drought stress (SYDS) in Durum wheat. The project will generate a novel mutant population and use these lines to establish TILLING for the first time in Durum wheat. This popul ation will be used for forward and reverse genetic approaches to identify lines with enhanced SYDS and to understand how the structure and expression of specific genes contribute to the variation of yield trait components under Mediterranean conditions.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/agronomy

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-INCO-MPC-2
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

ROTHAMSTED RESEARCH LTD
Address
West Common
Harpenden
United Kingdom

Participants (6)

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy
Address
Via Zamboni, 33
Bologna
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
Address
Gran Via De Les Cort Catalanes, 585 (Viverectorat De Politica Cientifica; Oper)
Barcelona
NATIONAL CENTRE FOR AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
Jordan
Address
Baqa
Amman
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE AGRONOMIQUE DE TUNISIE
Tunisia
Address
43 Avenue Charles Nicolles
Tunis
INSTITUTE NATIONALE DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE
Morocco
Address
Boulevard De La Victoire
Rabat
UNIVERSIDAD DE LLEIDA
Spain
Address
Victor Siurana 1
Lleida