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Development of improved perennial non-food biomass and bioproduct crops for water stressed environments

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 311929

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2012

  • End date

    31 October 2017

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 11 660 401,40

  • EU contribution

    € 8 999 997

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

United Kingdom

Objective

"The goal of WATBIO is to use the power of next generation sequencing to develop an accelerated route for producing new germplasm with enhanced drought tolerance whilst maintaining biomass productivity and quality in water scarce, marginal environments unsuitable for food crops.
This will be achieved for three non-food crops (Populus, Miscanthus and Arundo), suitable for growth on water scarce, marginal lands, through a 5-year translational research project. Populus and Miscanthus germplasm with increased drought tolerance will be produced within WATBIO whilst for Arundo its genetic diversity will be assessed and breeding tools developed.
Twenty-two multidisciplinary partners (14 academics, and 7 SMEs) spanning the whole value chain for crop production will collectively achieve this innovation by 1) identifying key molecular, cellular and physiological traits for the maintenance of biomass production, lignocellulosic quality and water use efficiency in water-scarce environments; 2) linking these traits through modelling to underlying key genes, proteins and metabolite networks; 3) utilising a wide range of germplasm for screening in phenotyping platforms and field measurements at multiple sites to test importance of genotype x environment interactions in determining traits; 4) using sequence based gene expression data, identify 40 genes related to drought tolerance for testing proof of concept using GM approach; and 5) using sequence-based data for genome wide association and genetical genomic approaches, link physiology to traits of high heritability and to underlying genes.
WATBIO will transfer knowledge of commercial significance using its industrial partners and stakeholders enabling the deployment of biotechnology to boost European competitiveness, without the necessity of GM. Through workshops, seminars and exchanges, WATBIO will train the next generation of multi-disciplinary professionals in the area of biomass crop production on marginal lands."

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

Address

Highfield
So17 1bj Southampton

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 765 303

Administrative Contact

Yan Qiao (Ms.)

Participants (22)

SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 507 750

IGA TECHNOLOGY SERVICES SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 900 000

UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 635 250

GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAT GOTTINGENSTIFTUNG OFFENTLICHEN RECHTS

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 485 249

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 633 650

ALASIA FRANCO VIVAI SOCIETA SEMPLICE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 435 999

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT

France

EU Contribution

€ 447 750

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELLA TUSCIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 410 250

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 426 257

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 297 750

UNIVERSITAT DE LES ILLES BALEARS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 297 740

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 298 534

INRAE TRANSFERT SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 349 825

PANEPISTIMIO KRITIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 149 250

SWETREE TECHNOLOGIES AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 374 520

ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 627 750

GENETICLAB S.R.L.

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 165 000

ZIM PLANT TECHNOLOGY GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 75 000

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 338 778

MURPHY BOKERN DONAL

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 149 920

SCHWARZ KAI-UWE WOLFGANG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 150 000

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 78 472

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 311929

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2012

  • End date

    31 October 2017

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 11 660 401,40

  • EU contribution

    € 8 999 997

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

United Kingdom