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Overcoming plant graft incompatibility by modifying signalling and perception

Project description

Sensor-like genes for improved graft formation

Grafting is a traditional process of creating new plants that combine the desirable characteristics of other plants. The new organisms offer high yields, while also becoming disease resistant. However, the process is limited to closely related species, and presents difficulties when referring to the same species. This phenomenon is known as graft incompatibility, and its mechanisms remain completely unknown. The EU-funded GRASP project will build on a previous study on Arabidopsis thaliana that identified genes acting as sensors. They rapidly operate in grafted tissues to indicate the presence of adjoining tissues and start a vascular reconnection procedure. Based on this knowledge, the project will address fundamental questions on grafting biology, aiming to improve graft formation.

Call for proposal

ERC-2018-STG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-STG - Starting Grant

Host institution

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Sweden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 499 902

Beneficiaries (1)

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 1 499 902
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments