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A holistic multi-actor approach towards the design of new tomato varieties and management practices to improve yield and quality in the face of climate change

Objective

The world demographic growth and global climate change are major challenges for human society,hence the need to design new strategies for maintaining high crop yield in unprecedented environmental conditions.The objective of TomGEM is to design new strategies aiming to maintain high yields of fruit and vegetables at harsh temperature conditions, using tomato as a reference fleshy fruit crop.As yield is a complex trait depending on successful completion of different steps of reproductive organ development, including flower differentiation and efficient flower fertilization,TomGEM will use trans-disciplinary approaches to investigate the impact of high temperature on these developmental processes.The core of the project deals with mining and phenotyping a vast range of genetic resources to identify cultivars/genotypes displaying yield stability and to uncover loci/genes controlling flower initiation,pollen fertility and fruit set.Moreover,since high yield and elevated temperatures can be detrimental to quality traits,TomGEM will also tackle the fruit quality issue.The goal is to provide new targets and novel strategies to foster breeding of new tomato cultivars with improved yield.The main strength of TomGEM resides in the use of unique and unexplored genetic resources available to members of the consortium.It gathers expert academic researchers and private actors committed to implement a multi-actor approach based on demand driven innovation.Tomato producers and breeders are strongly involved from design to implementation of the project and until the dissemination of results.TomGEM will provide new targets and novel strategies to foster the breeding of new tomato cultivars with improved yield under suboptimal temperature conditions.TomGEM will translate scientific insights into practical strategies for better handling of interactions between genotype,environment and management to offer holistic solutions to the challenge of increasing food quality and productivity.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/horticulture/fruit

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2015-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE TOULOUSE
Address
Allee Emile Monso 6
31029 Toulouse Cedex 4
France
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 773 187,50

Participants (17)

JOHN INNES CENTRE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 645 314,20
Address
Norwich Research Park Colney
NR4 7UH Norwich
Activity type
Research Organisations
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 350 000
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Muenchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
ROYAL HOLLOWAY AND BEDFORD NEW COLLEGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 533 000
Address
Egham Hill University Of London
TW20 0EX Egham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 627 635
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II
Italy
EU contribution
€ 399 970
Address
Corso Umberto I, 40
80138 Napoli
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ASIAN VEGETABLE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Taiwan
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
60 Yi-min Liao Shanhua
74199 Tainan
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDAD DE BUENOS AIRES
Argentina
EU contribution
€ 100 087,50
Address
Calle Viamonte 430
1053 Buenos Aires
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 400 163,85
Address
Rue De L'universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
MARITSA VEGETABLE CROPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 100 000
Address
Brezovsko Shosse Street 32
4003 Plovdiv
Activity type
Research Organisations
ALMA SEGES SOCIETA COOPERATIVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 150 000
Address
Via Campolongo 184
84025 Eboli
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ENZA ZADEN CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 150 245,30
Address
Cm Canal De Benimar La Maleza
04710 El Ejido Almeria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BIOTECGEN SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 114 000
Address
Via Leuca 174
73100 Lecce
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACION CAJAMAR DE LA COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 150 000
Address
Camino Del Cementerio Nuevo S/n Esc Sn
46200 Paiporta
Activity type
Other
EURICE EUROPEAN RESEARCH AND PROJECT OFFICE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 450 000
Address
Heinrich-hertz-allee 1
66386 St Ingbert
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NATIONAL TAIWAN UNIVERSITY
Taiwan
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Roosevelt Road 1
10617 Taipei
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ROUGELINE
France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Chemin De Cazeaux
47200 Marmande
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NORFOLK PLANT SCIENCES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 49 902,90
Address
Colney Lane John Innes Centre Norwich Research Park
NR4 7UH Norwich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)