Cereal seeds are agriculture's most important renewable resource for food and industrial raw material. Conventional methods for the improvement of quality and yield have produced spectacular advances in the past. Future developments will involve tapping the vast potential of the modern technology of plant modification. The chances of Successful modification increase if the activity of the transgenic can be precisely directed to the targeted cells. This requires the isolation and characterisation of many more cell type-specific promoters than are currently available. Seed Design aims to isolate at least two functional promoter sequences for each of the cereal seed compartments, thus allowing to efficiently modifying seed composition. This will be of enormous potential benefit for both European farmers and consumers by improving quality and diversity of products. In addition, this technology will allow the EU seed Industry to keep abreast of global competition.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts