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A NOVEL AND INTEGRATED APPROACH TO INCREASE MULTIPLE AND COMBINED STRESS TOLERANCE IN PLANTS USING TOMATO AS A MODEL

A NOVEL AND INTEGRATED APPROACH TO INCREASE MULTIPLE AND COMBINED STRESS TOLERANCE IN PLANTS USING TOMATO AS A MODEL

Objective

Tomato is a main EU agricultural commodity, cultivated all over Europe in open and protected field and in glasshouses, representing a biological and agronomical model crop. Combined water and nutrient stress is a major problem for tomato farmers and solutions are needed to safeguard yields, while preserving the environment.
TOMRES will select, among over 10,000 available accessions, rootstocks and scions tolerating combined stress, while retaining fruit quality and yield, taking advantage of innovative screening approaches. Novel traits, in particular belowground, to be exploited in breeding, will be identified. The role of selected hormones (strigolactones and brassinosteroids) will be studied to identify further resilience traits.
TOMRES will test and optimize sustainable crop management strategies such as legume intercropping, precision fertilization and irrigation techniques, manipulation of symbiotic microorganisms, and the use of rootstocks more suited to water and nutrient uptake from the soil.
Novel genotypes X management strategies will be developed with the goal of reducing N and P application by at least 20%, water input by 40%, while granting environmental sustainability and economic viability of the solutions proposed.
Testing will be integrated with analysis of environmental (greenhouse emissions, water quality), and of socio-economic impact. Agronomical, environmental, and economical data will be processed to construction of models and of a Decision Support System.
Demonstration and dissemination activities will follow the whole course of the project, and will transfer the results to different environments and other cropping systems, thus ensuring the widest impact of the gained knowledge on the EU economy. Trans-disciplinary knowledge transfer among farmers, breeders, industries, associations and scientists will be granted by a solid multi-actor approach since the planning stage.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO

Address

Via Giuseppe Verdi 8
10124 Torino

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 872 895

Participants (24)

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AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 369 352,50

AGROILLA SAT

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 101 562,50

CASELLA MACCHINE AGRICOLE SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 242 500

CONFEDERAZIONE GENERALE DELL AGRICOLTURA ITALIANA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 120 050

EDYPRO FERTILIZANTES SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 177 986,25

EUROPESE ORGANISATIE VOOR WETENSCHAPPELIJK PLANTENONDERZOEK E.P.S.O. IVZW

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 131 937,50

GAIA EPICHEIREIN ANONYMI ETAIREIA PSIFIAKON YPIRESION

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 141 661,25

GAUTIER SEMENCES SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 190 135

INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 306 250

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

EU Contribution

€ 355 380

NEURATHER GARTNER GBR

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 84 375

NOVARECKON SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 135 000

TAMBURRINO RAFFAELE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 82 187,50

INSTITUTUL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTAREPT INDUSTRIALIZAREA SI MARKETINGULPRODUSELOR HORTICOLE HORTING

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 90 137,50

RHEINISCHE FRIEDRICH-WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAT BONN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 355 285

STC RESEARCH FOUNDATION

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 139 508,75

STRIGOLAB SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 183 750

TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 182 543,75

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 310 000

THE JAMES HUTTON INSTITUTE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 374 630

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 273 870

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 131 390

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 353 750

UNIVERSITAT DE LES ILLES BALEARS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 290 037,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 727929

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2017

  • End date

    30 November 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 996 175

  • EU contribution

    € 5 996 175

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO

Italy