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The Plant Cell Wall Training Consortium

Objective

"Plant cell walls constitute a highly complex and dynamic entity of extreme importance in plant growth and development. Growing cell walls can be considered as ""fibre composites"", where cellulose microfibrils are embedded in a matrix of complex glycans. It is becoming increasingly apparent (i) that cell wall glycans are diverse in structural terms, (ii) that these structures are developmentally regulated, and (iii) that not all cell walls in an organ are comprised of the same configurations of glycans. The architecture of plant cell walls is governed by the fine structure of their constitutive polymers, this fine structure having profound effects on polymers functional properties after extraction or in planta. The immense complexity and spatial & temporal versatility of cell wall glycans render a full understanding of their structure-function relationships extremely challenging for plant biology research and for the uses of cell wall-derived materials in industrial contexts.
WallTraC has thereby two major interlinked strategic objectives:
(i) To develop new molecular tools & techniques for the analysis of plant cell walls & their component polymers - mainly pectin and cellulose - with direct applicability to industrial end-users in the functional food ingredients & plant fibre sectors;
(ii) To provide high quality, inter-sectorial & trans-disciplinary training in plant cell wall analysis & complementary skills with the aim of enabling young scientists to respond to future demands in both academic and private sectors thereby securing the future EU expertise base.
The WallTraC consortium gathers leading researchers on plant cell walls from the private sector, universities & research centres and will provide world-class infrastructures for research & training. This network of scientists, from distinct but complementary disciplines, will collectively allow the dissection of plant cell wall structures as a prelude to their industrial exploitation."

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/carbohydrates

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2010-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 722 752
Administrative Contact
Emilie Briand-Dubreuil (Ms.)

Participants (10)

BAYER BIOSCIENCE NV

Participation ended

Belgium
Address
Technologiepark-zwijnaarde 38
9052 Gent
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
André Roef (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDADE TECNICA DE LISBOA - UTL

Participation ended

Portugal
Address
Alameda De St Antonio Dos Capuchos 1
1169 047 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
João Mingachos (Dr.)
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 532 296
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ivan Kristoffersen (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 525 445
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Hamilton (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET POTSDAM
Germany
EU contribution
€ 222 014
Address
Am Neuen Palais 10
14469 Potsdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Adriana Wipperling (Prof.)
Klinik Max Planck Institut für Psychiatrie
Germany
EU contribution
€ 222 014
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Muenchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lothar Grube (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 424 882
Address
Alameda Da Universidade
1649 004 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
João Mingachos (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 261 223
Address
Kings Gate
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Amanda Gregory (Dr.)
BAYER CROPSCIENCE NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 193 160
Address
J.e. Mommaertslaan 14
1831 Diegem Machelen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
André Roef (Mr.)
CP KELCO APS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 281 487
Address
Ved Banen 16
4623 Lille Skensved
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Susanne Oxenbøll Sørensen (Dr.)