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Exploring the molecular control of seed yield in crops

Objective

ExpoSEED aims to integrate forward and reverse genetic approaches to dissect the molecular mechanisms that control seed/kernel (hereafter referred as seed) yield in model species and to transfer the acquired knowledge to selected crops as legumes and cereals. The identification of “molecular hubs” that determine seed number and size will put the basis for the development of breeding tools to improve seed production at the beginning of the seed market.
Research on model species has recently allowed to identify key transcription factors that regulate plant reproduction together with exploring the conservation of the molecular mechanisms that finally control the plant fitness in distantly related species. The next challenge is now to deeper dissect the molecular networks controlled by these key factors to finally manipulate agronomic traits.
The partners of ExpoSEED will identify the targets of key transcription factors in model species as Arabidopsis and rice and they will transfer this knowledge to crops, as soybean, wheat and barley. Candidate target genes will be further characterized using genetic and cell-biology tools together with searching new alleles in large panel of wild and cultivated germplasm. As a parallel approach, germplasm collections and segregating populations will be used for mapping studies to identify novel factors controlling seed yield in legumes and cereals.
ExpoSEED aims to create synergies to efficiently address scientific and societal issues. From the scientific perspective, now is the right moment: a number of completed crop genome sequences and novel genetic and cell biology tools will support the comparative biology approaches aimed in this project. Considering the societal issue, food security is a worldwide priority: in the context of population growth and less arable land, increasing food production is one of the challenges for this century

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/cell biology
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/genetics and heredity/genome
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA E L'ANALISI DELL'ECONOMIA AGRARIA
Address
Via Po 14
00198 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 166 500

Participants (4)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 166 500
Address
Via Festa Del Perdono 7
20122 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 126 000
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
KWS LOCHOW GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 27 000
Address
Ferdinand-von-lochow-str. 5
29303 Bergen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KEYGENE NV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Agro Business Park 90
6700AE Wageningen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (6)

CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION Y DE ESTUDIOS AVANZADOS DEL INSTITUTO POLITECNICO NACIONAL
Mexico
Address
Avenida Instituto Politecnico Nacional 2508
07360 Mexico
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE
Australia
Address
North Terrace
5005 Adelaide
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CONSEJO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS Y TECNICAS (CONICET)
Argentina
Address
Godoy Cruz 2290
C1425FQB Buenos Aires
Activity type
Research Organisations
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY CORPORATIONS NIIGATA UNIVERSITY
Japan
Address
Ikarashi 2 8050
9502181 Niigata
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
United States
Address
Sullivan Drive 270 Suite 240 Box 7514
27695 7514 Raleigh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD DE ANTIOQUIA
Colombia
Address
Calle 67 53-108
1226 Medellin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments