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Boosting plant-Endophyte STability, compatibility and Performance Across ScaleS

Boosting plant-Endophyte STability, compatibility and Performance Across ScaleS

Objective

We need to increase the crop yield while reducing pesticide and use of inorganic fertiliser to meet the challenges of world population growth and climate change. Plant endophytic microorganisms can improve plant yield and enhance plant tolerance to abiotic stress as well as to pathogens under experimental conditions, but these effects are often not sufficiently stable for practical application. How do we boost the stability and reliability of the positive effects of endophytes on plants? We need to understand the genetic basis of beneficial interactions between crops and endophytes and extent this basis exhibits phenotypic plasticity at all interaction levels from the cellular to the field environment. This requires increasing our knowledge of the molecular mechanisms underlying the effects of endophytes, including intra and inter-kingdom exchange and distribution of resources (nutrients), signalling and possibly regulation between and inside the partners, the mutual induced production of secondary metabolites and the environmental cues which influence crop-endophyte interactions. The genetic variation and its plasticity in host and microbe will be exploited in to establish crop breeding and inoculum production processes for boosting the establishment and stability of plant-microbe mutualisms to benefit crop development, stress tolerance, pathogen resistance and quality. In this project we will provide fundamental biological as well as practical knowledge about interactions between endophytes and plants. This improved understanding will pave the way for increased use of endophytes to improve sustainability and plant productivity in a reliable way. The participants in this project comprise many of the key institutions and industries working with these problems and provide a uniquely strong consortium to address the key issues. Furthermore, the consortium will train a new generation of scientists who have the insight and skills to continue this task in their careers.

Coordinator

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Address

Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn

Denmark

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 580 163,76

Participants (11)

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UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 510 748,56

LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR GEMUSE- UND ZIERPFLANZENBAU GROSSBEEREN/ERFURT EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 498 432,96

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 290 081,88

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 247 872,96

INOQ GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

UNIWERSYTET MIKOLAJA KOPERNIKA W TORUNIU

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 224 137,44

AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 255 934,08

DLF SEEDS AS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 290 081,88

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 255 934,08

ABITEP GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

ACIB GmbH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 255 934,08

Partners (5)

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WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Biofungitek SL

Massey University

ROOMBIOTIC GmbH

Biotenzz Gesellschaft für Biotechnologie mbH

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 676480

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2015

  • End date

    31 August 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 907 754,64

  • EU contribution

    € 3 907 754,64

Coordinated by:

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark