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Developing wheat with enhanced nitrogen use efficiency towards a sustainable system of production.

Developing wheat with enhanced nitrogen use efficiency towards a sustainable system of production.

Objective

Farming wheat in Europe requires a large input of chemicals to realise maximum yield. This is now a heavy burden on the farming industry as the EU implements its CAP reforms, which will reduce cereal prices. We propose to develop wheat with enhanced inherent nitrogen use, which will require less fertiliser input thus cut the cost of production and safeguard the environment from excessive nitrate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in line with EU directives. Partner one has developed wheat with improved nitrogen use by over-expressing the enzyme glutamine synthesise (GS). We will combine cereal transformation with quantitative genetics and nitrogen metabolism to develop new wheat genotypes with improved fertiliser use efficiency. This will demonstrate that genetic manipulation of plants can be environmentally safe, economically useful and important for solving difficult agronomic problems.

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Coordinator

ROTHAMSTED RESEARCH LIMITED

Address

West Common
Al52jq Harpenden

United Kingdom

Administrative Contact

Stephen JAMES (Mr)

Participants (5)

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COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE

France

Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)

France

SAATEN - UNION RESISTENZLABOR GMBH

Germany

THE ROYAL VETERINARY AND AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY

Denmark

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Spain

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK5-CT-2001-01461

  • Start date

    1 October 2001

  • End date

    30 September 2005

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 166 983

  • EU contribution

    € 1 938 579

Coordinated by:

ROTHAMSTED RESEARCH LIMITED

United Kingdom

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