The first basic and applied study of autophagy in strawberry
Autophagy is the main resistance mechanism against biotic and abiotic stresses in different plant species. However, little is known about the effect of autophagy induction on the response of plants to stresses. This issue assumes greater importance within the context of global warming, given that the production of crops with higher resistance to heat and drought becomes essential. The EU-funded FrATGaria project will study the role of autophagy in the maturation of one of the most important berry fruits in the EU, strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa). The project will generate transgenic plants with increased autophagy and focus on analysing the potential benefits regarding general development, fruit quality and stress resistance that these plants can have compared to wild type.