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Enhanced plant productivity through control of lifespan

Objective

The world-wide demand for primary plant products to be used for food, feed and fuel is increasing dramatically. The foreseen climate changes are expected to have a negative impact on plant productivity in addition. Future agriculture urgently needs new crop plant varieties with enhanced and sustainable productivity. To meet this challenge, “CropLife” focuses on leaf lifespan as a major determinant of plant productivity and aims to develop new breeding strategies for prolonging leaf photosynthesis and delaying senescence processes. The network focuses on barley and perennial ryegrass, which are excellent models for research and crop development in Europe. The “CropLife” primary objectives will be addressed in the four workpackages. These are: the identification of key factors initiating senescence (1), and proteins regulating leaf lifespan (2), the elucidation of molecular mechanisms of senescence-associated protein degradation and nitrogen remobilization (3), and the analysis of lifespan and exploitation of genetic variation in lifespan in order to breed new varieties with increased productivity (4). “CropLife” provides intersectorial experience by integrating partners from the public and private sectors. The training programme includes state-of–the-art local training activities and network-wide courses, summer schools and workshops. Young researchers will be trained in a range of cutting edge research skills, as well as in complementary skills that will enhance their career prospects. Further benefits will arise from secondments in partner laboratories and intersectorial visits to associated partners from the private sector. To guarantee training at the most advanced level, outstanding scientists in the field will be integrated as visiting researchers. Workshops and a final network conference will provide a platform for dissemination of the network’s achievements which are expected to increase the competitiveness of European plant research and agriculture.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2010-ITN
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Coordinator

CHRISTIAN-ALBRECHTS-UNIVERSITAET ZU KIEL
Address
Olshausenstrasse 40
24118 Kiel
Germany

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anja Uhlenbrok (Ms.)
EU contribution
€ 448 068

Participants (10)

AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 545 998
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Preben Bach Holm (Prof.)
MARTIN-LUTHER-UNIVERSITAT HALLE-WITTENBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 235 320
Address
Universitatsplatz 10
6108 Halle

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sigrid Koehne (Dr.)
ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 494 476
Address
Visualisation Centre Penglais
SY23 3BF Aberystwyth

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Daniel Thorogood (Dr.)
University of Zurich
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 242 396
Address
Ramistrasse 71
8006 Zurich

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Stefan Hörtensteiner (Prof.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 268 830
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Antoine Moati (Ms.)
Jagiellonian University in Krakow
Poland
EU contribution
€ 218 459
Address
Ul. Golebia 24
31007 Krakow

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kazimierz Strzalka (Prof.)
CARLSBERG AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 285 423
Address
Ny Carlsberg Vej 100
1799 Kobenhavn

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anna Haldrup (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 265 158
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christine Foyer (Prof.)
NORDDEUTSCHE PFLANZENZUCHT HANS-GEORG LEMBKE KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 225 950
Address
Hohenlieth
24363 Holtsee

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thorsten Pommer (Mr.)
Euro Grass Breeding GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 225 950
Address
Weissenburger Strasse 5
59557 Lippstadt

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dieter Stelling (Dr.)