SPOT-ITN

Pollen thermotolerance and crop fertility

 Coordinatore JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE UNIVERSITAET FRANKFURT AM MAIN 

 Organization address address: GRUNEBURGPLATZ 1
city: FRANKFURT AM MAIN
postcode: 60323

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Enrico
Cognome: Schleiff
Email: send email
Telefono: +49 69 79829287
Fax: +49 69 79829286

 Nazionalità Coordinatore Germany [DE]
 Totale costo 2˙827˙562 €
 EC contributo 2˙827˙562 €
 Programma FP7-PEOPLE
Specific programme "People" implementing the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007 to 2013)
 Code Call FP7-PEOPLE-2011-ITN
 Funding Scheme MC-ITN
 Anno di inizio 2012
 Periodo (anno-mese-giorno) 2012-01-01   -   2015-12-31

 Partecipanti

# participant  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE UNIVERSITAET FRANKFURT AM MAIN

 Organization address address: GRUNEBURGPLATZ 1
city: FRANKFURT AM MAIN
postcode: 60323

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Enrico
Cognome: Schleiff
Email: send email
Telefono: +49 69 79829287
Fax: +49 69 79829286

DE (FRANKFURT AM MAIN) coordinator 584˙068.00
2    STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT

 Organization address address: GEERT GROOTEPLEIN NOORD 9
city: NIJMEGEN
postcode: 6525 EZ

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Celestina
Cognome: Mariani
Email: send email
Telefono: +31 24 3652773
Fax: +31 24 3652490

NL (NIJMEGEN) participant 547˙940.00
3    GENXPRO GMBH

 Organization address address: ALTENHOFTER ALLEE 3
city: FRANKFURT
postcode: 60438

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Peter
Cognome: Winter
Email: send email
Telefono: 496996000000

DE (FRANKFURT) participant 329˙431.00
4    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II.

 Organization address address: Corso Umberto I 40
city: NAPOLI
postcode: 80138

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Maria Luisa
Cognome: Chiusano
Email: send email
Telefono: +39 81 2539492
Fax: +39 81 2539486

IT (NAPOLI) participant 276˙274.00
5    WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

 Organization address address: DROEVENDAALSESTEEG 4
city: WAGENINGEN
postcode: 6708 PB

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Peter
Cognome: Van Beem
Email: send email
Telefono: +31 317 485245
Fax: +31 317 481183

NL (WAGENINGEN) participant 273˙969.00
6    THE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION OF ISRAEL - THE VOLCANI CENTRE

 Organization address address: Derech Hamcabim 68
city: BET DAGAN
postcode: 50250

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Nurit
Cognome: Firon
Email: send email
Telefono: +972 3 9683735
Fax: +972 3 9669642

IL (BET DAGAN) participant 269˙891.00
7    UNIVERSITAT WIEN

 Organization address address: UNIVERSITATSRING 1
city: WIEN
postcode: 1010

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Wolfram
Cognome: Weckwerth
Email: send email
Telefono: +43 1 427757700
Fax: +43 1 42779577

AT (WIEN) participant 269˙713.00
8    METAPONTUM AGROBIOS S.R.L.

 Organization address address: "STRADA STATALE IONICA 106 KM. 448,2 - FRAZIONE DI METAPONTO SNC"
city: BERNALDA (MT)
postcode: 75010

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Rina
Cognome: Iannacone
Email: send email
Telefono: 390836000000
Fax: 390836000000

IT (BERNALDA (MT)) participant 52˙743.00
9    Agenzia Lucana di Sviluppo e di Innovazione in Agricoltura (ALSIA)

 Organization address address: Via Carlo Levi 6/I
city: Matera
postcode: 75100

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Rina
Cognome: Iannacone
Email: send email
Telefono: 390836000000
Fax: 390836000000

IT (Matera) participant 0.00

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tomato    become    tolerant    data    mechanisms    initial    thermotolerance    network    site    training    private    biology    lines    molecular    global    plant    young    plants    pollen    itn    crop    sensitive    temperatures    spot    food    broad    markers    heat   

 Obiettivo del progetto (Objective)

'The Marie Curie Initial Training Network SPOT-ITN will establish a multi-site network of early stage and experienced researchers at 9 partner institutions - including 3 from the private sector - in 4 European member countries and Israel to investigate fundamental and applied aspects of thermotolerance mechanisms contributing to the protection of pollen development at increased ambient temperatures. The envisioned joint research program is of broad commercial interest and will be an important contribution to the efforts undertaken world-wide to ensure future stability of food production in view of the prognosticated global climate change. Although the initial focus will be on tomato as an important agricultural crop, the results are expected to become applicable to other cultivated plants in the long run. Based on individual research projects of the young researchers, the main focus of the network will be to perform common, multidisciplinary experiments on a broad variety of heat-sensitive and heat-tolerant tomato genotypes and mutant lines at the molecular, cellular and organismic level with two major objectives: i) to describe the molecular basis of the striking sensitivity of pollen development at higher temperatures and regulation of pollen-specific heat stress response and thermotolerance mechanisms; and ii) to develop BIOMARKERS of POLLEN THERMOTOLERANCE usable in future screening programs to improve breeding of new heat-tolerant cultivars. Besides training of specific research tasks, the multi-disciplinary research program includes advanced methods and high-throughput technologies in plant genetics, molecular and cell biology, physiology, and bioinformatics. In addition, a multitude of opportunities are provided for training complementary skills to broaden the knowledge of the young researchers for developing their future career with comprehensive possibilities in a wide field of research areas in Life Sciences in both, the public and the private sector.'

Introduzione (Teaser)

A research and training network will study markers of heat tolerance in tomato plant pollen.

Descrizione progetto (Article)

The current rapid rate of population growth means that there is more demand for robust and productive crop plants than ever before. One of the difficulties with growing plants in a broad range of climates is that male plants become sterile if environmental temperatures get too high.

One way to address this problem is by identifying variants producing pollen that is tolerant of high temperatures. This is the aim of the EU-funded 'Pollen thermotolerance and crop fertility' (http://www.spot-itn.eu (SPOT-ITN)) project.

Through it, a network of universities and private companies is searching for biochemical markers of pollen thermotolerance. It also provides molecular biology training for young researchers.

So far, researchers have developed a highly sensitive standard protocol for analysing thermotolerance in different pollen stages. SPOT-ITN has also completed a data pipeline to analyse the large amounts of data produced during the project.

More than 30 plant lines have been collected for analysis by SPOT-ITN researchers. Further, several molecular tools to study thermotolerance in pollen have been developed.

Initial analysis of SPOT-ITN data has identified a network of proteins that react to heat in pollen, and it is linked to plant hormone pathways.

Lastly, SPOT-ITN has to date provided training workshops, site visits and research exchanges for 10 young researchers. This research will establish standards for studying thermotolerance in plants and ultimately contribute to improved global food security.

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