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Boosting plant-Endophyte STability, compatibility and Performance Across ScaleS

Objective

We need to increase the crop yield while reducing pesticide and use of inorganic fertiliser to meet the challenges of world population growth and climate change. Plant endophytic microorganisms can improve plant yield and enhance plant tolerance to abiotic stress as well as to pathogens under experimental conditions, but these effects are often not sufficiently stable for practical application. How do we boost the stability and reliability of the positive effects of endophytes on plants? We need to understand the genetic basis of beneficial interactions between crops and endophytes and extent this basis exhibits phenotypic plasticity at all interaction levels from the cellular to the field environment. This requires increasing our knowledge of the molecular mechanisms underlying the effects of endophytes, including intra and inter-kingdom exchange and distribution of resources (nutrients), signalling and possibly regulation between and inside the partners, the mutual induced production of secondary metabolites and the environmental cues which influence crop-endophyte interactions. The genetic variation and its plasticity in host and microbe will be exploited in to establish crop breeding and inoculum production processes for boosting the establishment and stability of plant-microbe mutualisms to benefit crop development, stress tolerance, pathogen resistance and quality. In this project we will provide fundamental biological as well as practical knowledge about interactions between endophytes and plants. This improved understanding will pave the way for increased use of endophytes to improve sustainability and plant productivity in a reliable way. The participants in this project comprise many of the key institutions and industries working with these problems and provide a uniquely strong consortium to address the key issues. Furthermore, the consortium will train a new generation of scientists who have the insight and skills to continue this task in their careers.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biological behavioural sciences/ethology/biological interaction
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Denmark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 580 163,76

Participants (11)

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 510 748,56
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR GEMUSE- UND ZIERPFLANZENBAU GROSSBEEREN/ERFURT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 498 432,96
Address
Theodor Echtermeyer Weg 1
14979 Grossbeeren
Activity type
Research Organisations
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 290 081,88
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 247 872,96
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
INOQ GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Solkau 2
29465 Schnega
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIWERSYTET MIKOLAJA KOPERNIKA W TORUNIU
Poland
EU contribution
€ 224 137,44
Address
Ul. Jurija Gagarina 11
87100 Torun
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 255 934,08
Address
Giefinggasse 4
1210 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
DLF SEEDS AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 290 081,88
Address
Ny Ostergade 9
4000 Roskilde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 255 934,08
Address
Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ABITEP GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Glienicker Weg 185
12489 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ACIB GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 255 934,08
Address
Krenngasse 37/2
8010 Graz
Activity type
Research Organisations

Partners (5)

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BIOFUNGITEK SL
Spain
Address
Parque Tecnologico De Bizkaia
48170 Zamudio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Massey University
New Zealand
Address
Tennent Drive
4442 Palmerston North
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ROOMBIOTIC GmbH
Austria
Address
Stremayrgasse 16/Iv
8010 Graz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Biotenzz Gesellschaft für Biotechnologie mbH
Austria
Address
Plüddemanngasse 39
8010 Graz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)