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Development of improved perennial non-food biomass and bioproduct crops for water stressed environments

Objective

"The goal of WATBIO is to use the power of next generation sequencing to develop an accelerated route for producing new germplasm with enhanced drought tolerance whilst maintaining biomass productivity and quality in water scarce, marginal environments unsuitable for food crops.
This will be achieved for three non-food crops (Populus, Miscanthus and Arundo), suitable for growth on water scarce, marginal lands, through a 5-year translational research project. Populus and Miscanthus germplasm with increased drought tolerance will be produced within WATBIO whilst for Arundo its genetic diversity will be assessed and breeding tools developed.
Twenty-two multidisciplinary partners (14 academics, and 7 SMEs) spanning the whole value chain for crop production will collectively achieve this innovation by 1) identifying key molecular, cellular and physiological traits for the maintenance of biomass production, lignocellulosic quality and water use efficiency in water-scarce environments; 2) linking these traits through modelling to underlying key genes, proteins and metabolite networks; 3) utilising a wide range of germplasm for screening in phenotyping platforms and field measurements at multiple sites to test importance of genotype x environment interactions in determining traits; 4) using sequence based gene expression data, identify 40 genes related to drought tolerance for testing proof of concept using GM approach; and 5) using sequence-based data for genome wide association and genetical genomic approaches, link physiology to traits of high heritability and to underlying genes.
WATBIO will transfer knowledge of commercial significance using its industrial partners and stakeholders enabling the deployment of biotechnology to boost European competitiveness, without the necessity of GM. Through workshops, seminars and exchanges, WATBIO will train the next generation of multi-disciplinary professionals in the area of biomass crop production on marginal lands."

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/proteins
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/genetics and heredity/genome
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/plant breeding/crops
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity
  • /medical and health sciences/basic medicine/physiology

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2012-6-singlestage
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 765 303
Administrative Contact
Yan Qiao (Ms.)

Participants (22)

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 507 750
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Lindgren (Ms.)
IGA TECHNOLOGY SERVICES SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 900 000
Address
Via Linussio 51
33100 Udine
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elena Misdariis (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 635 250
Address
Bailrigg
LA1 4YW Lancaster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sarah Taylor (Dr.)
GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAT GOTTINGEN STIFTUNG OFFENTLICHEN RECHTS
Germany
EU contribution
€ 485 249
Address
Wilhelmsplatz 1
37073 Gottingen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nadja Daghbouche (Ms.)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 633 650
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andrea Monti (Dr.)
ALASIA FRANCO VIVAI SOCIETA SEMPLICE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 435 999
Address
Strada Solerette 5A
12038 Savigliano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ornella Peretti (Ms.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 447 750
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jean-Pierre Poinsard (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELLA TUSCIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 410 250
Address
Via S Maria In Gradi 4
01100 Viterbo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marco Barbini (Mr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 426 257
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Francesco Loreto (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 297 750
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Katrin Hörmann (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAT DE LES ILLES BALEARS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 297 740
Address
Carretera De Valldemossa Km 7.5
07122 Palma De Mallorca
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Xavier Garcias Amengual (Dr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 298 534
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Béatrice Saint-Cricq (Ms.)
INRAE TRANSFERT SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 349 825
Address
Rue Du Docteur Finlay 28
75015 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Angela Baker (Ms.)
PANEPISTIMIO KRITIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 149 250
Address
University Campus Gallos
74100 Rethimno
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eleni Karkanaki (Ms.)
SWETREE TECHNOLOGIES AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 374 520
Address
Po Box 4095
904 03 Umea
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Magnus Hertzberg (Dr.)
ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 627 750
Address
Visualisation Centre Penglais
SY23 3BF Aberystwyth
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Iain Donnison (Prof.)
GENETICLAB S.R.L.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 165 000
Address
Via Roveredo 20/B
33170 Pordenone
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Flavio Maso (Dr.)
ZIM PLANT TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 75 000
Address
Neuendorfstrasse 19
16761 Henningsdorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Simon Rueger (Mr.)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 338 778
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Van Beem
MURPHY BOKERN DONAL
Germany
EU contribution
€ 149 920
Address
Lindenweg 12
49393 Lohne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Donal Murphy-Bokern (Dr.)
SCHWARZ KAI-UWE WOLFGANG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 150 000
Address
Russeer Weg 179
24109 Kiel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kai-Uwe Wolfgang Schwarz (Dr.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 78 472
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Peter Van Beem