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Mechanisms of Apomictic Developments

Project description

Clonal reproduction through seeds may enhance food security

Apomixis, or asexual seed formation, is an alternative way to sexual reproduction that some plants use to produce viable seeds containing genetic clones of the female parent. Although it is regarded as a promising tool for breeders and farmers, apomixis does not occur in most food crops. Redirecting sexually reproducing species toward apomixis is awaited through the manipulation of key biological pathways involved in developmental programmes controlling sexuality. However, to do so, scientists must first elucidate the detailed mechanisms by which it occurs. The EU-funded MAD project is creating an international research and training network to build on the wealth of knowledge and resources accumulated in numerous related multidisciplinary fields. Harnessing the important potential of apomixis could help meet the food security challenge of a growing population facing pressures due to climate change and strong societal demands on health and biodiversity preservation.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2019
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

INSTITUT DE RECHERCHE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT
Address
Boulevard De Dunkerque 44 Cs 90009
13572 Marseille
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 257 600

Participants (6)

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 105 800
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
NIAB
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 55 200
Address
Huntingdon Road
CB3 0LE Cambridge
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 225 400
Address
Via Festa Del Perdono 7
20122 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PERUGIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 147 200
Address
Piazza Dell Universita 1
06123 Perugia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT ZURICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 115 000
Address
Ramistrasse 71
8006 Zurich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 46 000
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (3)

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
CONSEJO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS Y TECNICAS (CONICET)
Argentina
Address
Godoy Cruz 2290
C1425FQB Buenos Aires
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE
Australia
Address
North Terrace
5005 Adelaide
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments