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Impacts of Environmental Conditions on Seed Quality

Objective

"Seed quality is of paramount importance to agriculture, food security and the conservation of wild species. Considerable economic losses result from sub-optimal seed performance, undermining food security and livelihoods. Seed quality is strongly influenced by the environmental stresses experienced by the mother plant. Climate change will further exacerbate economic losses and decrease the predictability of seed yield and quality for the farmer. The looming challenges of climate change and food security require new knowledge of how stress impacts on seed quality, as well as a re-appraisal of optimal storage conditions. EcoSeed addresses these challenges by bringing together a group of distinguished European experts in seed science and converging sciences to characterise seed quality and resilience to perturbation. EcoSeed combines state-of the-art ""omics"", epigenetics, and post-""omics"" approaches, such as nuclear and chromatin compaction, DNA repair, oxidative and post-translational modifications to macromolecules, to define regulatory switchboards that underpin the seed phenotype. Special emphasis is placed on the stress signalling hub that determines seed fate from development, through storage, germination and seedling development, with a particular focus on seed after-ripening, vigour, viability and storability. Translation of new knowledge gained in model to crop and wild species is an integral feature of EcoSeed project design, which will create a step-change in our understanding of the regulatory switchboards that determine seed fate. Novel markers for seed quality and new ""omics"" information generated in this project will assist plant breeders, advise the seed trade and conservationists alike. In this way, EcoSeed will not only be proactive in finding solutions to problems of ensuring seed quality and storability but also play a leading role in enabling associated industries to better capture current and emerging markets."

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/atmospheric sciences/climatology/climatic changes

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2012-6-singlestage
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK
Address
Innrain 52
6020 Innsbruck
Austria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 370 223
Administrative Contact
Ilse Kranner (Prof.)

Participants (10)

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS KEW
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 165 307
Address
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
TW93AB Richmond
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Hugh Pritchard (Prof.)
LEIBNIZ - INSTITUT FUER PFLANZENGENETIK UND KULTURPFLANZENFORSCHUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 295 858
Address
Correnstrasse 3
06466 Seeland Ot Gatersleben
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Thomas Lüttge
UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS 6
France
EU contribution
€ 306 800
Address
Place Jussieu 4
75252 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stéphanie Rossard (Dr.)
Klinik Max Planck Institut für Psychiatrie
Germany
EU contribution
€ 427 990
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Muenchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wim Soppe (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 298 714
Address
Kirby Corner Road - University House
CV4 8UW Coventry
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Hedges (Dr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 399 794
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Magali Nawrocki-Serin (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 273 476
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Hamilton (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE SALAMANCA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 191 700
Address
Calle Patio De Escuelas 1
37008 Salamanca
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Luis Mediero (Mr.)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 194 295
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anja Liszkay (Dr.)
LIMAGRAIN EUROPE
France
EU contribution
€ 6 780
Address
Ferme De L'etang
77390 Verneuil L'etang
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Philippe Cayrel (Mr.)