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PLANT developmental biology: discovering the ORIGINS of form

Objective

The main objective of PLANTORIGINS-ITN is to improve career prospects of young researchers in the growing field of plant evolutionary developmental biology through a programme of research, training and transfer of knowledge that integrates new discoveries and approaches in the fields of plant morphology, systematics, and developmental genetics with the overall goal of understanding the origins of form in plants. Much research in plant evolutionary developmental biology focuses on comparatively modern groups within the flowering plants, especially on economically important crops. But, as the field develops, it is becoming increasingly important and feasible to extend the scope of research to address questions of a fundamental nature in plants. The overarching and long term scientific question of PLANTORIGINS-ITN is: how did the major tissues and organ systems of plants evolve and what is their genetic regulatory basis? PLANTORIGINS-ITN brings together into a cohesive network a group of eight leading academic and industrial partners to provide unique state of the art training in these key areas. Because of the highly multidisciplinary nature of this network, transfer of knowledge within and between sectors is given high priority in our training programme. We regard this as fundamental to fostering the development and exploitation of research in this field. Our two industrial partners contribute state of the art analytical skills in the area of gene expression (microarray technology) and complementary business skills in the area of intellectual property rights and will provide valuable direction and feedback. The skills and competencies developed by the eight young researchers that we will train are directly transferable to the plant biotechnology sector, which is recognised as a strategically important industry that makes a key contribution to Europe's agricultural competitiveness, sustainable development and economic growth.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/developmental biology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/genetics and heredity
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/plant breeding/crops

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-2008
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 452 580
Administrative Contact
Gill Wells (Ms.)

Participants (6)

FUNDACAO CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 180 605
Address
Avenida Berna 45
1000 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
José Mário Leite (Dr.)
UNIVERZITA KARLOVA
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 178 385
Address
Ovocny Trh 560/5
116 36 Praha 1
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eva Spilkova (Ms.)
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 209 853
Address
Cromwell Road
SW7 5BD London
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gemma Robinson (Ms.)
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Germany
EU contribution
€ 454 070
Address
Schlossplatz 2
48149 Muenster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Hans Kerp (Prof.)
Gene Express Serviços Genómicos para Diagnóstico e Investigação Lda
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 180 605
Address
Rua Dos Rochelinhos Lote 10
2645-222 Alcabideche
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jörg Becker (Dr.)
JOHN INNES CENTRE

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Address
Norwich Research Park Colney
NR4 7UH Norwich
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mary Anderson (Dr.)