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A holistic multi-actor approach towards the design of new tomato varieties and management practices to improve yield and quality in the face of climate change

A holistic multi-actor approach towards the design of new tomato varieties and management practices to improve yield and quality in the face of climate change

Objective

The world demographic growth and global climate change are major challenges for human society,hence the need to design new strategies for maintaining high crop yield in unprecedented environmental conditions.The objective of TomGEM is to design new strategies aiming to maintain high yields of fruit and vegetables at harsh temperature conditions, using tomato as a reference fleshy fruit crop.As yield is a complex trait depending on successful completion of different steps of reproductive organ development, including flower differentiation and efficient flower fertilization,TomGEM will use trans-disciplinary approaches to investigate the impact of high temperature on these developmental processes.The core of the project deals with mining and phenotyping a vast range of genetic resources to identify cultivars/genotypes displaying yield stability and to uncover loci/genes controlling flower initiation,pollen fertility and fruit set.Moreover,since high yield and elevated temperatures can be detrimental to quality traits,TomGEM will also tackle the fruit quality issue.The goal is to provide new targets and novel strategies to foster breeding of new tomato cultivars with improved yield.The main strength of TomGEM resides in the use of unique and unexplored genetic resources available to members of the consortium.It gathers expert academic researchers and private actors committed to implement a multi-actor approach based on demand driven innovation.Tomato producers and breeders are strongly involved from design to implementation of the project and until the dissemination of results.TomGEM will provide new targets and novel strategies to foster the breeding of new tomato cultivars with improved yield under suboptimal temperature conditions.TomGEM will translate scientific insights into practical strategies for better handling of interactions between genotype,environment and management to offer holistic solutions to the challenge of increasing food quality and productivity.
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Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE TOULOUSE

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Allee Emile Monso 6
31029 Toulouse Cedex 4

France

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 767 187,50

Participants (17)

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JOHN INNES CENTRE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 645 314,20

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 350 000

ROYAL HOLLOWAY AND BEDFORD NEW COLLEGE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 533 000

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 627 635

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 399 970

ASIAN VEGETABLE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Taiwan

UNIVERSIDAD DE BUENOS AIRES

Argentina

EU Contribution

€ 100 087,50

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 400 163,85

MARITSA VEGETABLE CROPS RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 100 000

ALMA SEGES SOCIETA COOPERATIVA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 150 000

ENZA ZADEN CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION SOCIEDAD LIMITADA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 150 245,30

BIOTECGEN SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 120 000

FUNDACION CAJAMAR DE LA COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 150 000

EURICE EUROPEAN RESEARCH AND PROJECT OFFICE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 450 000

NATIONAL TAIWAN UNIVERSITY

Taiwan

ROUGELINE

France

NORFOLK PLANT SCIENCES LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 49 902,90

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 679796

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 March 2016

  • End date

    29 February 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 671 945

  • EU contribution

    € 4 993 506,25

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE TOULOUSE

France