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Upscaling in vitro arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi inoculum production via combinatorial lipid metabolic engineering of host plants

Project description

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.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Net EU contribution
€ 248 425,92
Address
Place De L Universite 1
1348 Louvain La Neuve
Belgium

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Region
Région wallonne Prov. Brabant Wallon Arr. Nivelles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00

Partners (1)

Partner

Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
United States
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Neill Hall 423
99164-3140 Pullman, Washington

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 165 265,92