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Regulation of osmotolerance molecular breeding for improvement of plant drought, salt and cold stress tolerance

Objective

Drought, salt and cold are the most important factors limiting plant productivity of southern and northern European lands. Molecular breeding to improve plant stress tolerance is an important target for agro-industrial exploitation. Our objectives are to identify new genes that play a key role in the control of plant stress responses in Arabidopsis and to transfer this knowledge into practical breeding of crop and tree models. We will: 1) Identify key regulatory genes and screen for mutations using forward and reverse genetics. 2) Define the role of osmoprotective proteins by using biochemical and transgenic approaches. 3) Validate the use of regulatory genes in resistance breeding programmes to improve stress tolerance in tomato and poplar.

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Coordinator

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

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Jordi Girona, 18/26
08034 Barcelona

Spain

Participants (10)

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BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH CENTER OF THE HUNGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Hungary

HAZERA GENETICS LTD

Israel

MAX PLANCK GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.

Germany

METAPONTUM AGROBIOS S.R.L.

Italy

TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY

Israel

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM - THE AUTHORITY FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

Israel

THE SWEDISH UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES

Sweden

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Spain

UNIVERSITY OF VIENNA

Austria

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT AMSTERDAM - VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERWIJS

Netherlands

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK5-CT-2002-00841

  • Start date

    1 January 2003

  • End date

    31 December 2005

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 169 451

  • EU contribution

    € 2 488 476

Coordinated by:

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain