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Large-scale identification of secondary metabolites, metabolic pathways and their genes in the model tree poplar

Project description

Systemic study of the metabolic pathways in poplar trees

Poplar is an important wood crop and the model of choice for molecular research in trees. The EU-funded POPMET project will employ a combination of metabolomics and informatics to study metabolites and biosynthetic pathways in poplar wood, bark and leaves. Defective alleles will be identified for the genes involved in metabolism using re-sequencing data from 750 poplar trees. The genes will be studied further by crossing natural poplars that are heterozygous for the defective alleles or by CRISPR/Cas9-based gene editing. This large-scale study will lay the foundation for systems biology research in poplar trees and will create opportunities to improve poplar development as an industrial wood-producing crop.

Call for proposal

ERC-2018-ADG
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Host institution

VIB VZW
Address
Rijvisschestraat 120
9052 Zwijnaarde - Gent
Belgium
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 2 499 251

Beneficiaries (1)

VIB VZW
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 2 499 251
Address
Rijvisschestraat 120
9052 Zwijnaarde - Gent
Activity type
Research Organisations