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Boosting Crop Growth using Natural Product and Synthesis Enabled Solar Harvesting

Objective

Cold and freezing stress are important constraints for crops and for horticulture. BoostCrop seeks to reduce such stress by an invention called 'molecular heaters'. These are nature-inspired molecules that absorb solar radiation and convert it to heat energy. The invention would reduce yield losses due to cold stress, extend growth seasons and the geographical locations suitable for agriculture, increase crop yield at high crop density and, concomitantly, reduce greenhouse energy costs. BoostCrop strives to increase food production to feed a continuously growing population, thus tackling a major European and Global Challenge in Food Security. The multidisciplinary research programme outlined in BoostCrop will demonstrate how intrinsic molecular processes that underlie energy transfer, and which occur on timescales of tens of trillionths of a second, can be manipulated such that macroscopic properties are impacted. The targets of the research programme include: (1) applying state-of-the-art experiments and theory to track and understand, in unprecedented detail, energy flow in targeted, nature-inspired molecules; (2) manipulating this energy flow through chemical modification; and (3) developing a suite of molecules to suit the needs of crop growth in the field and under protected (greenhouse) conditions. These molecules will then be applied to crops through an aqueous foliar spray. The proposed research programme offers a transdisciplinary and synergistic approach to developing, and understanding the properties of novel photon-to-molecule heaters. The combined expertise of 6 universities (and staff spanning Chemistry, Physics and Biology), one government institute and an SME with an outstanding track record for developing sustainable agro-technologies will ensure that the longterm vision of BoostCrop, to develop molecular heaters for use in a foliar spray, are met, thereby contributing significantly to Europe’s future technological and Food Security.

Call for proposal

H2020-FETOPEN-2018-2020

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Sub call

H2020-FETOPEN-2018-2019-2020-01

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
Net EU contribution
€ 769 352,50
Address
Kirby Corner Road - University House
CV4 8UW Coventry
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
West Midlands (England) West Midlands Coventry

Participants (10)

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 892 695,00
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
South West (England) Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area Bristol, City of
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 844 805,00
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
STICHTING RADBOUD UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 355 418,75
Address
Houtlaan 4
6525 XZ Nijmegen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES ET INDUSTRIES DU VIVANT ET DE L'ENVIRONNEMENT - AGROPARISTECH
France
Net EU contribution
€ 461 000,00
Address
Rue Claude Bernard 16
75231 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

AGROPARISTECH INNOVATION
France
Net EU contribution
€ 359 710,00
Address
16 Rue Claude Bernard
75231 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
 
UNIVERSITE D'AIX MARSEILLE
France
Net EU contribution
€ 368 876,25
Address
Boulevard Charles Livon 58 Le Pharo
13284 Marseille
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
BUNDESINSTITUT FUER RISIKOBEWERTUNG
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 483 296,25
Address
Max Dohrn Strasse 8-10
10589 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
PLANTRESPONSE BIOTECH SL

Participation ended

Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 1 081,04
SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Address
Calle Ciruelos Sn Edificio Centro D Campus Upm Montegancedo
28223 Pozuelo De Alarcon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
Madrid Comunidad de Madrid
 
GAB CONSULTING SPAIN SL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 312 918,96
Address
Avenida Cortes Valencianas 39 8 B
46015 Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
Region
Valencia/València Comunitat Valenciana
 
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

GAB CONSULTING GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 91 250,00
SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Address
Ottenbecker Damm 10
21684 Stade
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00