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Agriculture under extreme environmental conditions in latin america by using osmoprotection genes to generate stress-resistant potato and bean plants

Objective

The primary goal of the project is the recovery of arid and semi-arid soils in Latin America by their cultivation with plants metabolically engineered to resist biotic stresses such as drought, salinity, cold or freezing conditions. Two food crops, potato and beans, which are not natural resistant to such stresses, will be genetically manipulated by the introduction of genes responsible for the synthesis of compatible solutes. This will involve the use of already characterize deukaryotic and prokaryotic genes and the isolation and characterization of new genes for the synthesis of these osmoprotective compounds. In addition, the improvement of soil fertility will be approached by the establishment of a more efficient nitrogen fixation by bean root nodules under osmotic stress. This is intended to be achieved by the symbiotic combination of stress-resistant beans and host-specific Rhizobium strains.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD DE SEVILLA
Address
S/n,profesor Garcia Gonzalez S/n
41012 Sevilla
Spain

Participants (2)

PHILIPPS UNIVERSITY MARBURG
Germany
Address
Karl-von-frisch-strasse
35043 Marburg
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA DE MEXICO
Mexico
Address
Col. Chamilpa
62210 Cuernavaca