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The plastid factory

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK3-CT-1999-00692

  • Start date

    1 February 2000

  • End date

    31 January 2003

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 069 174

  • EU contribution

    € 2 125 000

Coordinated by:

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND - MAYNOOTH

Ireland

Objective

The project will demonstrate that the higher plant plastid genome can be modified in a safe and environmentally friendly way, to enable the plastid to be developed as a factory for the production of large amounts of recombinant protein, with applications in medical, veterinary agricultural and environmental arenas. It involves refinements in the procedures for genetic modification on the plastid genome, and broadening of the crop base for which plastid transformation protocols are available to include five crops of commercial importance within the community. We expect to show that the plastid factory can play a major part in the development of oral vaccination programmes for both humans and livestock, that it can provide plants capable of removing heavy metal contaminants from soil, reduce agrochemical usage, and contribute to improved tolerance to environmental stresses.

Coordinator

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND - MAYNOOTH

Address

Co. Kildar
N/A Maynooth

Ireland

Participants (8)

COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE

France

NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF ITALY

Italy

RHOBIO

France

RIJK ZWAAN ZAADTEELT EN ZAADHANDEL B.V .

Netherlands

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

THE PROVOST, FELLOWS AND SCHOLARS OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY AND UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN HEREINAFTER TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN

Ireland

UNIVERSITE JOSEPH FOURIER - GRENOBLE 1

France

University of Nottingham

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK3-CT-1999-00692

  • Start date

    1 February 2000

  • End date

    31 January 2003

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 069 174

  • EU contribution

    € 2 125 000

Coordinated by:

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND - MAYNOOTH

Ireland