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The Plant Cell Wall Training Consortium

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 263916

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 June 2011

  • End date

    29 February 2016

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 385 273

  • EU contribution

    € 3 385 273

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France

Objective

"Plant cell walls constitute a highly complex and dynamic entity of extreme importance in plant growth and development. Growing cell walls can be considered as ""fibre composites"", where cellulose microfibrils are embedded in a matrix of complex glycans. It is becoming increasingly apparent (i) that cell wall glycans are diverse in structural terms, (ii) that these structures are developmentally regulated, and (iii) that not all cell walls in an organ are comprised of the same configurations of glycans. The architecture of plant cell walls is governed by the fine structure of their constitutive polymers, this fine structure having profound effects on polymers functional properties after extraction or in planta. The immense complexity and spatial & temporal versatility of cell wall glycans render a full understanding of their structure-function relationships extremely challenging for plant biology research and for the uses of cell wall-derived materials in industrial contexts.
WallTraC has thereby two major interlinked strategic objectives:
(i) To develop new molecular tools & techniques for the analysis of plant cell walls & their component polymers - mainly pectin and cellulose - with direct applicability to industrial end-users in the functional food ingredients & plant fibre sectors;
(ii) To provide high quality, inter-sectorial & trans-disciplinary training in plant cell wall analysis & complementary skills with the aim of enabling young scientists to respond to future demands in both academic and private sectors thereby securing the future EU expertise base.
The WallTraC consortium gathers leading researchers on plant cell walls from the private sector, universities & research centres and will provide world-class infrastructures for research & training. This network of scientists, from distinct but complementary disciplines, will collectively allow the dissection of plant cell wall structures as a prelude to their industrial exploitation."
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Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

Address

Rue De L'Universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07

France

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 722 752

Administrative Contact

Emilie Briand-Dubreuil (Ms.)

Participants (10)

BAYER BIOSCIENCE NV

Belgium

UNIVERSIDADE TECNICA DE LISBOA - UTL

Portugal

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 532 296

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 525 445

UNIVERSITAET POTSDAM

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 222 014

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 222 014

UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 424 882

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 261 223

BAYER CROPSCIENCE NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 193 160

CP KELCO APS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 281 487

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 263916

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 June 2011

  • End date

    29 February 2016

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 385 273

  • EU contribution

    € 3 385 273

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

France