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Resurrection plants reveal secrets of vegetative desiccation tolerance

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 823746

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 March 2019

  • End date

    28 February 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 062 600

  • EU contribution

    € 1 062 600

Coordinated by:

TSENTAR PO RASTITELNA SISTEMNA BIOLOGIYA I BIOTEHNOGIYA

Bulgaria

Objective

A major challenge faced by modern agriculture is abiotic stress caused by unfavourable environmental conditions. Global warming is expected to further intensify these problems, including frequency and severity of drought stress, which seriously affect both crop quality and yield. Therefore, timely action is needed to find solutions to mitigate the consequences of water deprivation. A small number of species called resurrection plants, which can tolerate desiccation of their vegetative organs, are a natural resource that can be tapped to solve this problem. They can withstand transition to air-dried state and completely restore physiological activities upon rehydration. In this project, we will study the genomes of several resurrection species and compare them with the genomes of desiccation-sensitive plants to identify molecular mechanisms that are involved in drought tolerance. In addition to the publicly available data of resurrection plants with already sequenced genomes, we will sequence and analyze two more- Haberlea rhodopensis and Xerophyta humilis. Comparative transcriptomics, metabolomics, and lipidomics of resurrection, model, and crop plants subjected to drought will bring further insights about the nature of drought stress tolerance. The research team involves European specialists in resurrection species, drought signaling, plant systems biology and bioinformatics, a partner from Israel experienced in lipidomics, and the leading African university with expertise in resurrection plants and bioinformatics. Next to that, an industrial partner will ensure that the knowledge gained by studying the resurrection and model species is transferred to crops. Moreover, the company will contribute with novel biostimulant based treatment technologies to mitigate stress and achieve optimal yield and net profit. An extensive mobility program will provide staff exchange to maximize research outputs and increase the human capacity of the partners.

Coordinator

TSENTAR PO RASTITELNA SISTEMNA BIOLOGIYA I BIOTEHNOGIYA

Address

Ruski Blvd 139
Plovdiv

Bulgaria

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 363 400

Participants (4)

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 161 000

UNIVERSITAET POTSDAM

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 285 200

BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 128 800

BIOATLANTIS

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 124 200

Partners (1)

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

South Africa

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 823746

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 March 2019

  • End date

    28 February 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 062 600

  • EU contribution

    € 1 062 600

Coordinated by:

TSENTAR PO RASTITELNA SISTEMNA BIOLOGIYA I BIOTEHNOGIYA

Bulgaria