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Developing wheat with enhanced nitrogen use efficiency towards a sustainable system of production.

Objective

Farming wheat in Europe requires a large input of chemicals to realise maximum yield. This is now a heavy burden on the farming industry as the EU implements its CAP reforms, which will reduce cereal prices. We propose to develop wheat with enhanced inherent nitrogen use, which will require less fertiliser input thus cut the cost of production and safeguard the environment from excessive nitrate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in line with EU directives. Partner one has developed wheat with improved nitrogen use by over-expressing the enzyme glutamine synthesise (GS). We will combine cereal transformation with quantitative genetics and nitrogen metabolism to develop new wheat genotypes with improved fertiliser use efficiency. This will demonstrate that genetic manipulation of plants can be environmentally safe, economically useful and important for solving difficult agronomic problems.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

ROTHAMSTED RESEARCH LIMITED
Address
West Common
AL52JQ Harpenden
United Kingdom

Participants (5)

COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE
France
Address
Rue De La Federation 31-33
75015 Paris
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)
France
Address
147 Rue De L'université
75341 Paris
SAATEN - UNION RESISTENZLABOR GMBH
Germany
Address
Hovedisser Srasse 92
33818 Leopoldshoehe
THE ROYAL VETERINARY AND AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
Denmark
Address
10,Agrovej 10
2630 Taastrup
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
Address
Avinguda Diagonal 645
08028 Barcelona