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Sexual Plant Reproduction – Seed formation

Objectif

By 2050, it is estimated that the human population will reach 9 billion. To feed this growing population, it will be necessary to at least double agricultural yields, without increasing the amount of arable land.
Understanding the factors that regulate sexual reproduction will enable this critical aspect of agricultural production to be engineered for increased productivity, without increasing arable land. Our project will provide new insights into the network controlled by SEEDSTICK (STK), a MADS box transcription factor, which is the master regulator in the production of seeds. The objective of this proposal is to strengthen research partnerships through staff exchanges and networking activities, at international and intercontinental levels. By combining transcriptomic and genetic approaches, we aim to uncover new functions for STK targets and implicate them in putative signalling cascades, increasing our knowledge on the network that controls seed formation in Arabidopsis. Arabidopsis is an excellent model to study seed formation, as it shares a conserved developmental program with major seed-producing crop plants, important to improve not only gross agricultural productivity, but also the composition of seeds and hence the production of components used for high added-value seed-derived products. The growing importance of seeds and seed-derived products to humanity and the central role of STK in seed development means that this project has great potential to contribute to Europe’s excellence and competitiveness in the world.
Detailed analysis of the network of regulatory genes controlling reproductive development in Arabidopsis represents the biological theme around which our training programme will be built. By taking advantage of the scientific competences developed by the partners, it will be possible to expand our knowledge of seed formation in the model species and then to transfer this knowledge horizontally into vital agricultural crop species.

Coordinateur

UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 247 500,00
Adresse
Praca Gomes Teixeira
4099-002 Porto
Portugal

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Région
Continente Norte Área Metropolitana do Porto
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contribution hors UE
€ 0,00

Participants (3)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO
Italie
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 198 000,00
Adresse
Via Festa Del Perdono 7
20122 Milano

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Région
Nord-Ovest Lombardia Milano
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contribution hors UE
€ 31 500,00
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY
Irlande
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 117 000,00
Adresse
University Road
H91 Galway

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Région
Ireland Eastern and Midland Dublin
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contribution hors UE
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PERUGIA
Italie
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 157 500,00
Adresse
Piazza Dell Universita 1
06123 Perugia

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Région
Centro (IT) Umbria Perugia
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contribution hors UE
€ 0,00

Partenaires (6)

Partenaire

Les organisations partenaires contribuent à la mise en œuvre de l’action, mais ne signent pas la convention de subvention.

THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE
Australie
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 0,00
Adresse
North Terrace
5005 Adelaide

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Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contribution hors UE
€ 9 000,00
Partenaire

Les organisations partenaires contribuent à la mise en œuvre de l’action, mais ne signent pas la convention de subvention.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
États-Unis
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 0,00
Adresse
Sullivan Drive 270 Suite 240 Box 7514
27695 7514 Raleigh

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Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contribution hors UE
€ 4 500,00
Partenaire

Les organisations partenaires contribuent à la mise en œuvre de l’action, mais ne signent pas la convention de subvention.

THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Australie
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 0,00
Adresse
Camperdown Campus Arundel St 71/79
2006 Sydney

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Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contribution hors UE
€ 4 500,00
Partenaire

Les organisations partenaires contribuent à la mise en œuvre de l’action, mais ne signent pas la convention de subvention.

ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS
États-Unis
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 0,00
Adresse
660 S Mill Avenue Centerpoint 312
85281 Tempe

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Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contribution hors UE
€ 4 500,00
Partenaire

Les organisations partenaires contribuent à la mise en œuvre de l’action, mais ne signent pas la convention de subvention.

VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND STATE UNIVERSITY
États-Unis
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 0,00
Adresse
Southgate Center 201
24061 Blacksburg Va

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Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contribution hors UE
€ 4 500,00
Partenaire

Les organisations partenaires contribuent à la mise en œuvre de l’action, mais ne signent pas la convention de subvention.

TOKAI NATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION ANDRESEARCH SYSTEM, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATION
Japon
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 0,00
Adresse
Furocho, Chikusa-ku, Aichi
464 8601 Nagoya

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Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contribution hors UE
€ 4 500,00