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Natural apomixis as a novel tool in plant breeding

Objective

Most crops are sexually propagating plants in which the embryo, encapsulated in a seed is formed as a result of a fertilization event. For the embryo and the seed to develop normally, a second fertilization event-giving rise to the endosperm is required. In contrast, apomictic plants reproduce asexually by means of seeds. In all cases of apomixis, through the avoidance of meiosis and fertilisation, the offspring is genetically identical to that of the mother plant. Apomixis is widespread in plants, but not among crops. This project will compare sexual and apomictic pathways in model species and crops. In combination with functional tests and powerful assays it will shed light on the genetic control of apomixis. The project will provide the tools and technology necessary to harness individual elements of apomixis and to perform first functional tests in both model systems and crops.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Address
Arboretumlaan 4
6703 BD Wageningen
Netherlands

Participants (7)

ADVANTA SEEDS BV
Netherlands
Address
70,Dijkwelssetraat 70
4421 AJ Kapelle
DEUTSCHE SAATVEREDELUNG LIPPSTADT - BREMEN GMBH
Germany
Address
Weissenburger Strasse 5
59557 Lippstadt
INSTITUTE OF PLANT GENETICS AND CROP PLANT RESEARCH
Germany
Address
3,Corrensstrasse 3
06466 Gatersleben
Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences
United Kingdom
Address
Gogerddan
SY23 3EB Aberystwyth, Ceredigion
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF ITALY
Italy
Address
Via Della Madonna Alta, 130
06128 Perugia
ROYAL NETHERLANDS ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCE
Netherlands
Address
6,Korringaweg 7
4401 NT Yerseke
UNIVERSITY OF ZURICH
Switzerland
Address
107,Zollikerstrasse 107
8008 Zurich