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Resistant wild potatoes as source for novel genes mediating resistance against fungal, viral and nematode diseases

Resistant wild potatoes as source for novel genes mediating resistance against fungal, viral and nematode diseases

Objective

Improving the resistance of crops to diseases caused by viruses, fungi and nematodes is a major priority of agriculture. Current protection strategies based on extensive use of chemicals are considered untenable for sustainable agriculture due to negative impacts on the environment. Genetic engineering proved to be able to successfully overcome these problems by improving natural resistance of plants. However, the achieved protection levels are not yet sufficient for commercial use of the plants. Improvements are possible by using proteins with higher anti-viral, anti-fungal and or nematicidal potential. Therefore, the project aims at the investigation of resistant wild Solana species and at the identification of novel resistance mediating proteins and genes, useful to create resistant transgenic crop plants.

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Coordinator

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.

Address

Carl-Von-LinnÉ-Weg 10
50829 Koeln

Germany

Administrative Contact

Egon KRUECK (Mr)

Participants (3)

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FUNDACION DE LA UNIVERSIDAD DE COSTA RICA PARA LA INVESTIGACION

Costa Rica

INSTITUTO VASCO DE INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO AGRARIO - NEIKER A.B.

Spain

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH

Argentina

Project information

Grant agreement ID: ICA4-CT-2000-30008

  • Start date

    1 November 2000

  • End date

    31 October 2003

Funded under:

FP5-INCO 2

  • Overall budget:

    € 795 921

  • EU contribution

    € 795 921

Coordinated by:

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.

Germany