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Enhancing resource Uptake from Roots
under stress in cereal crops

Objective

The overall goal of EURoot is to help farmers to face both climate change, which is expected to result in increasingly uneven rainfall, and meet the societal demand for sustainable agriculture with reduced use of water and fertilizers. EURoot objective is to enhance the cereal plant capability to acquire water and nutrients through their roots and maintain growth and performance under stress conditions. Making use of join phenotyping and modelling platforms, EURoot will conduct a suite of experiments designed to better understand and model: i. The genetic and functional bases of root traits involved in soil exploration and resource uptake, ii. The bio-geochemical properties of the soil, including beneficial association with mycorhizal fungi, influencing extraction of nutrient and water by the root system and iii. The plant signalling processes involved in soil environment sensing and responsible for adaptive root system response enhancing soil exploration and resource acquisition. The EURoot project is based on a tripod of interactive WPs addressing specific complementary questions– i.e. WP1, genetics of root traits, WP2, root:soil interactions, WP3, root : shoot signalling-, and on two platforms WPs allowing to share innovative phenotyping methods relevant to field conditions and linked to crop performance (WP4) and multi scale modelling (WP5) aiming at integrating root architecture, resource dynamics in the soil and root uptake, and inner plant signalling processes, to design root ideotypes allowing enhanced resource acquisition under stress. Results will be readily translated into screening methods, models and tools (markers, biochemical signatures) to guide the challenging breeding for improved root traits allowing enhanced water and nutrient capture. It will allow the further development of novel cereal cultivars with higher resilience, tolerating erratic rainfalls and reduced fertilizer application, while achieving their yield potential.

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2011-5
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Coordinator

CENTRE DE COOPERATION INTERNATIONALE EN RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE POUR LEDEVELOPPEMENT - C.I.R.A.D. EPIC
Address
Rue Scheffer 42
75016 Paris
France

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nadège Picard (Ms.)
EU contribution
€ 328 246

Participants (19)

CENTRE DE RECERCA EN AGRIGENOMICA CSIC-IRTA-UAB-UB
Spain
EU contribution
€ 162 000
Address
Parc De Recerca De L Uab Campus Uab Edifici Crag Bellaterra
08193 Cerdanyola Del Valles

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Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Lali Sanz Mitats (Ms.)
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 163 960
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Achim Walter (Prof.)
FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 180 332
Address
Wilhelm Johnen Strasse
52428 Julich

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Petra Insberg (Ms.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 326 724
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07

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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christine Tailleferie (Ms.)
STICHTING RADBOUD UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 180 890
Address
Houtlaan 4
6525 XZ Nijmegen

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Spoormakers (Mr.)
RHEINISCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAT BONN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 158 400
Address
Regina Pacis Weg 3
53113 Bonn

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Frank Hochholdinger (Prof.)
THE JAMES HUTTON INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 301 056
Address
Errol Road Invergowrie
DD2 5DA Dundee

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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Karen Shaw (Dr.)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 128 000
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Verdiana Bandini (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 127 992
Address
Place De L Universite 1
1348 Louvain La Neuve

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
François Chaumont (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 209 452
Address
King's College Regent Walk
AB24 3FX Aberdeen

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kerry Kidd (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 180 386
Address
Bailrigg
LA1 4YW Lancaster

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Helen Boulton (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 127 348
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Cartledge (Mr.)
UNIWERSYTET SLASKI W KATOWICACH
Poland
EU contribution
€ 90 000
Address
Ul. Bankowa 12
40 007 Katowice

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ziegler Urszula (Prof.)
SOCIETA PRODUTTORI SEMENTI SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 35 010
Address
Via Macero 1
40050 Argelato

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giovanni Panunzio (Dr.)
DELLEY SAMEN UND PFLANZEN AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 90 000
Address
Route De Portalban 40
1567 Delley

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Karl-Heinz Camp (Dr.)
PRESENS PRECISION SENSING GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 210 200
Address
Am Biopark 11
93053 Regensburg

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christian Krause (Dr.)
Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics Pty Ltd
Australia
Address
Hartley Grove
5064 Urrbrae

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Gilbert (Mr.)
INCORPORATED ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCY JAPAN INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH CENTER FOR AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
Japan
Address
Ohwashi 1-1
305 8686 Tsukuba

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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Matthias Wissuwa (Dr.)
THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
United States
Address
Technology Center Building 110
16802 7000 University Park Pa

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
David Richardson (Mr.)