An advanced genetic strategy for increasing crop yield
Soil microorganisms, including arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), one of the most widespread and functionally important symbioses on earth, have enormous potential for promoting sustainable agriculture and food security. However, the mass production of a safe and robust inoculum, produced in vitro at an affordable cost, remains difficult. The EU-funded MycUpscaling project will address this challenge and determine the genes responsible for increasing triacylglycerol (TAG) accumulation in the symbiotic interface and for increasing spore numbers to create high-quality, cost-effective AMF inoculants for application in agroecosystems. The project will include combinatorial lipid metabolic engineering, selection of mycorrhized TAG-accumulating hosts, in vitro and in vivo lipid flux analysis and in vitro spore domestication.
Fields of science
- engineering and technologyindustrial biotechnologymetabolic engineering
- agricultural sciencesagriculture, forestry, and fisheriesagricultureagronomyplant protection
- natural sciencesbiological sciencesmicrobiologymycology
- natural sciencesbiological sciencesbiochemistrybiomoleculeslipids
- natural sciencesbiological sciencesbiological behavioural sciencesethologybiological interactions
Funding SchemeMSCA-IF-GF - Global Fellowships
Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.
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