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Wheat and barley Legacy for Breeding Improvement

Objective

WHEALBI will combine genomics, genetics and agronomy to improve European wheat and barley production in competitive and sustainable cropping systems. Germplasm representing the species diversity will be selected and characterised in unprecedented detail by next-generation-sequencing. Life history and adaptive traits will be evaluated in both transnational field experiments and a state-of-the-art precision phenotyping platform. Germplasm will be stored in a specialised and accessible bio-repository and associated data in knowledge bases that will represent a valuable legacy to the community. Whole genome association scans will be conducted for several traits, signatures of adaptive selection will be explored, and allele mining of candidate genes will reveal new variation associated with specific phenotypes. Pre-breeding tools and pipelines will be developed to optimize the efficiency of allele transfer from unadapted germplasm into elite breeding lines. New methodologies will explore how to optimally exploit the large amount of new genotypic and phenotypic data available. They will focus on the design of ideotypes with improved yield stability and tolerance to biotic and climatic stresses and provide proof of concept of the efficiency of genome and phenome assisted selection. Ideotypes and reference varieties will be evaluated in innovative cropping systems, particularly organic farming and no-till agriculture, and an economic evaluation of these approaches will be conducted. The results will be disseminated to a broad user community, highlighting the benefits and issues associated with the adoption of what is considered sustainable and environmentally friendly wheat and barley crop production in a European context. WHEALBI aims to help the EU remain a major actor in world small grain cereal production while addressing the pressing global priorities of increasing and stabilising primary production, improving food quality and safety, and reducing environmental impact.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/genetics and heredity/genome
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/agronomy

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2013-7-single-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
Address
Rue De L'universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 777 185
Administrative Contact
Gabrielle Inguscio (Mrs.)

Participants (18)

THE JAMES HUTTON INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 289 872
Address
Errol Road Invergowrie
DD2 5DA Dundee
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Karen Robb (Mrs.)
LEIBNIZ - INSTITUT FUER PFLANZENGENETIK UND KULTURPFLANZENFORSCHUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 501 000
Address
Correnstrasse 3
06466 Seeland Ot Gatersleben
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Thomas Lüttge
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 226 835
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Bert Jansen
AGRARTUDOMANYI KUTATOKOZPONT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 151 998
Address
Brunszvik Street 2
2462 Martonvasar
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marta Molnar-Lang (Dr.)
CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA E L'ANALISI DELL'ECONOMIA AGRARIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 288 000
Address
Via Po 14
00198 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Luigi Cattivelli (Dr.)
EARLHAM INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 349 239
Address
Norwich Research Park Colney Lane
NR4 7UZ Norwich
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mary Anderson (Dr.)
HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM MUENCHEN DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUER GESUNDHEIT UND UMWELT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 295 000
Address
Ingolstadter Landstrasse 1
85764 Neuherberg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Juergen Ertel (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF HAIFA
Israel
EU contribution
€ 190 800
Address
Abba Khushy Blvd Mount Carmel
31905 Haifa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tsvia Beker (Mrs.)
PARCO TECNOLOGICO PADANO S.R.L.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 261 000
Address
Via Einstein - Localita Cascina Codazza
26900 Lodi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Simona Palermo (Dr.)
NIAB
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 343 460
Address
Huntingdon Road
CB3 0LE Cambridge
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Susan Arnold (Mrs.)
PROGRESSIVE FARMING TRUST LTD LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 193 659
Address
Trent Lodge
GL7 6JN Cirencester
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Martin Wolfe (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAT ZURICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 160 000
Address
Ramistrasse 71
8006 Zürich
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Beat Keller (Prof.)
KWS UK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 189 000
Address
Church Street 56
SG8 7RE Thriplow
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jacob Lage (Dr.)
S.I.S. SOCIETA ITALIANA SEMENTI SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 90 000
Address
Via Mirandola 1
40068 San Lazzaro Di Savena Bo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stefano Ravaglia (Dr.)
INRAE TRANSFERT SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 245 588
Address
Rue Du Docteur Finlay 28
75015 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Emmanuelle Lagendijk (Mrs.)
ARCADIA INTERNATIONAL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 244 980
Address
1220 Chaussee De Louvain
1200 Woluwe St Lambert
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sebastien Crepieux (Dr.)
THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM
Israel
EU contribution
€ 139 200
Address
Edmond J Safra Campus Givat Ram
91904 Jerusalem
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jane Turner (Ms.)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 63 180
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bert Jansen (Mr.)