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Dominant cis-regulatory variation to improve quantitative traits in polyploid wheat

Project description

The more the merrier when it comes to wheat crops

Human somatic cells are diploid, meaning they have paired chromosomes, one from each parent. More than 50 % of all plants are polyploids, wheat being one of them. In polyploidy, cells have multiple copies of identical or similar chromosome sets. This means many genes are present as two or three homoeologous copies with overlapping functions, making genetic engineering for crop intensification challenging. The EU-funded dcPolyWheat project is using state-of-the-art genomics techniques to characterise the wheat genome and apply targeted genome editing to control wheat phenotypic variation in a way that enhances productivity. Success will not only enhance our ability to produce more wheat for a growing global population but should also pave the way to a similar capability for other polyploid crops.

Host institution

JOHN INNES CENTRE
Net EU contribution
€ 1 999 994,00
Address
Norwich Research Park Colney
NR4 7UH Norwich
United Kingdom

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Region
East of England East Anglia Breckland and South Norfolk
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Beneficiaries (1)

JOHN INNES CENTRE
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 1 999 994,00
Address
Norwich Research Park Colney
NR4 7UH Norwich

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Region
East of England East Anglia Breckland and South Norfolk
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00