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New strategies to improve grain legumes for food and feed

New strategies to improve grain legumes for food and feed

Objective

The EU faces the challenge of providing high quality protein for both animal and human consumption. Europe currently imports about 70% of its plant protein yet much of this could be derived from EU grown Grain Legumes. In the human diet Grain Legumes are beneficial and they provide an excellent source of high quality plant protein for animal feed. Furthermore, legume use in arable crop rotations reduces the need for fertiliser application and acts as a break-crop, reducing the need for pest and disease control. Together this is a unique combination of benefit to the environment. Nevertheless, grain legumes are underused by European farmers mainly because of yield inconsistency. Additionally there has been insufficient research into the effects of legume seed composition on the quality of animal feed. The GRAIN LEGUMES Integrated Project will mobilise and integrate European scientific research on grain legumes to solving these problems, by addressing the following objectives; i) To identify optimal parameters for legumes in feed quality and safety, including GMOs while using legumes to develop healthy and sustainable agriculture, ii) To investigate variation in grain legume seed composition and the factors affecting it. iii) To develop new genetic, genomic, post-genomic and bioinformatic tools to improve and sustain grain legume seed production and quality. To achieve these objectives the project will integrate an ambitious combination of approaches, including biochemistry, plant & crop physiology, agronomy, plant genomics & breeding, and animal nutritional studies. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the use of state-of-the-art methodologies including genomics and bioinformatics, together with transcriptomics and metabolomics.

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Coordinator

JOHN INNES CENTRE

Address

Norwich Research Park, Colney
Norwich

United Kingdom

Administrative Contact

Thomas Henry Noel ELLIS (Dr)

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INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITEIT

Netherlands

UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD

Germany

ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE DE RECHERCHE SUR LES LEGUMINEUSES A GRAINES

France

MAX PLANCK GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.

Germany

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

GENOSCOPE C.N.S. / CONSORTIUM NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN GENOMIQUE

France

DEN KONGELIGE VETERINAER- OG LANDBOHOEJSKOLE

Denmark

GENOME RESEARCH LTD.

United Kingdom

JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE UNIVERSITAET FRANKFURT AM MAIN

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE

United Kingdom

BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH CENTER OF THE HUNGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Hungary

ID-LELYSTAD, INSTITUUT VOOR DIERHOUDERIJ EN DIERGEZONDHEID B.V.

Netherlands

UNIVERSIDAD DE CORDOBA

Spain

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

STICHTING INSTITUUT VOOR DE VEEVOEDING "DE SCHOTHORST"

Netherlands

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

FEDERAL RESEARCH STATION FOR AGROECOLOGY AND AGRICULTURE

Switzerland

FLANDERS INTERUNIVERSITY INSTITUTE FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY

Belgium

INSTITUT FUER PFLANZENGENETIK UND KULTURPFLANZENFORSCHUNG

Germany

FORSKNINGSCENTER RISOE

Denmark

FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

SKRETTING AQUACULTURE RESEARCH CENTRE

Norway

GROUPE ECOLE SUPERIEURE D'AGRICULTURE D'ANGERS

France

STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK

Netherlands

UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER

Germany

INSTITUTET FOER LIVSMEDEL OCH BIOTEKNIK AB

Sweden

INSTITUTE OF PLANT GENETICS - POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Poland

INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO AGRARIO DE LA JUNTA DE CASTILLA Y LEON

Spain

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

United Kingdom

UNIVERSIDAD DE SEVILLA

Spain

ASSOCIACAO DO INSTITUTO DE BIOLOGIA MOLECULAR E CELULAR

Portugal

CENTRE D'ETUDE ET DE RECHERCHE SUR L'ECONOMIE ET L'ORGANISATION DES PRODUCTIONS ANIMALES

France

NIAB

United Kingdom

UNIVERSIDAD PUBLICA DE NAVARRA

Spain

CONFEDERACION ESPANOLA DE FABRICANTES DE ALIMENTOS COMPUESTOS PARA ANIMALES

Spain

CESKA ZEMEDELSKA UNIVERSZITA V PRAZE

Czechia

UNIVERSITY OF READING

United Kingdom

INSTITUTE OF GRASSLAND AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH

United Kingdom

UNION NATIONALE INTERPROFESSIONNELLE DES PLANTES RICHES EN PROTEINES

France

PLANT BREEDING AND ACCLIMATIZATION INSTITUTE

Poland

THE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION OF ISRAEL - THE VOLCANI CENTRE

Israel

AGROBIOINSTITUTE

Bulgaria

ASOCIACION ESPANOLA DE LEGUMINOSAS

Spain

UNIVERSITY OF YORK

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF MURDOCH

Australia

AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY CENTRE

Hungary

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium

COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION

Australia

UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX

United Kingdom

ADAS UK LTD

United Kingdom

GRAIN LEGUME TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER PLATFORM

France

GENXPRO GMBH

Germany

ALL RUSSIA RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR AGRICULTURAL MICROBIOLOGY

Russia

KAFR EL-SHEIKH UNIVERSITY - FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE, DEPT. OF AGRICULTURAL BOTANY

Egypt

AN-NAJAH NATIONAL UNIVERSITY

Palestine

INSTITUT AGRONOMIQUE ET VETERINAIRE HASSAN II

Morocco

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE DE TUNISIE

Tunisia

EMBRAPA - RECURSOS GENETICOS E BIOTECNOLOGIA

Brazil

UNIVERSIDADE CATOLICA DE BRASILIA

Brazil

SHANGHAI INSTITUTE FOR BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

China

CENTRE DE BIOTECHNOLOGIE - BORJ CEDRIA

Tunisia

UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND

South Africa

INSTITUTO DE TECNOLOGIA QUIMICA E BIOLOGICA

Portugal

TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DENMARK

Denmark

UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN

Denmark

STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY

South Africa

COMMISARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE

France

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 506223

  • Start date

    10 February 2004

  • End date

    9 February 2008

Funded under:

FP6-FOOD

  • Overall budget:

    € 25 611 844

  • EU contribution

    € 14 750 955

Coordinated by:

JOHN INNES CENTRE

United Kingdom