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New commercial EUropean RICE (Oryza sativa) harbouring salt tolerance alleles to protect the rice sector against climate change and apple snail (Pomacea insularum) invasion

Objective

About 2/3 of the rice consumed by European citizens is produced in EU, and its productivity is affected by abiotic and biotic stresses. Of particular concern, global temperature has increased over the last century, especially during the last 50 years (0.13° C / decade). One consequence has been a clear tendency toward salinization, which affects rice as one of the most salt sensitive crop in the region. Associated with changes in temperature and salinity, the biotic stress of the Apple snail species from genus Pomacea now threatens to destroy rice paddy fields eating the sown seed and the rice plantlets, representing one of the worst introduced gastropod crop pest of the recent time. It is calculated that nowadays this pest causes damages in rice fields worldwide that result into losses of tens of billions of Euros a year. Recently, apple snails have been detected in the Ebro river delta (Spain), and now it represents an important thread to Europe’s wetlands biodiversity and rice production. To date, the measures adopted to combat apple snail have failed, but in the autumn of 2013, 2500 ha of infested fields were flooded with sea water. This treatment proved 100% effective in destroying apple snail infestations, nevertheless residual salt concentrations affected negatively rice productivity.
Thus, the general objective of the NEURICE project is to identify and introduce genetic variation in European rice varieties for obtaining commercial varieties tolerant to salinity in order to (i) mitigate the imminent effects of salinization and deterioration of water quality in the Mediterranean basins due to climate change, and (ii) to avoid the decline in production observed after seawater treatments performed in rice paddies that successfully controlled the apple snail pest. The availability of commercial salt tolerant rice lines will prevent the climate change derived abiotic stress while avoiding the dispersion of this devastating pest (biotic stress) all over Europe.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2015-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585
08007 Barcelona
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 671 436,25

Participants (13)

CENTRE DE RECERCA EN AGRIGENOMICA CSIC-IRTA-UAB-UB
Spain
EU contribution
€ 398 437,50
Address
Parc De Recerca De L Uab Campus Uab Edifici Crag Bellaterra
08193 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Activity type
Other
CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONALE EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LEDEVELOPPEMENT - C.I.R.A.D. EPIC
France
EU contribution
€ 426 550
Address
Rue Scheffer 42
75016 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA E L'ANALISI DELL'ECONOMIA AGRARIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 350 036,25
Address
Via Po 14
00198 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 399 138,75
Address
Via Festa Del Perdono 7
20122 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 573 796,25
Address
University Avenue
G12 8QQ Glasgow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT DE RECERCA I TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIES
Spain
EU contribution
€ 346 988,75
Address
Ctra C-59 Km 12 Torre Marimon
08140 Caldes De Montbui Barcelona
Activity type
Other
INSTITUTO DE AGROBIOTECNOLOGIA ROSARIO S.A.
Argentina
EU contribution
€ 204 678,75
Address
Ocampo 210 Bis Predio Cct Rosario
2000 Rosario
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INSTITUTE OF CORP SCIENCE CHINESE ACADEMY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE
China
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
12 Zhongguancun South Street Haidian District
100081 Beijing
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
CAMARA ARROSSERA DEL MONTSIA I SECCIO DE CREDIT SCCL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 361 883,75
Address
Salvador Dali 27
43870 Amposta
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 446 625
Address
Calle Velazquez, No 94 Primera Planta
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CENTRE FRANCAIS DU RIZ
France
EU contribution
€ 228 812,50
Address
Mas De Sonnailler 80 Vc 108 De Gimeaux
13200 Arles
Activity type
Research Organisations
S.I.S. SOCIETA ITALIANA SEMENTI SPA

Participation ended

Italy
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Via Mirandola 1
40068 San Lazzaro Di Savena Bo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
S.I.S. SOCIETA ITALIANA SEMENTI S.P.A.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 200 591,25
Address
Via Mirandola 5
40068 San Lazzaro Di Savena (Bo)
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)