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Genetic and molecular priming approaches to increase crop strength and stress tolerance

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 CropStrengthen project word cloud

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Project "CropStrengthen" data sheet

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Organization address
address: AM NEUEN PALAIS 10
postcode: 14469

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙268˙698 €
 EC max contribution 1˙268˙698 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.1. (Fostering new skills by means of excellent initial training of researchers)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-ITN-EID
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-01-01   to  2018-12-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITAET POTSDAM DE (POTSDAM) coordinator 747˙649.00
2    BIOATLANTIS IE (TRALEE) participant 265˙674.00


 Project objective

The project provides advanced systems biology training for 5 ESRs who will develop novel methods for increasing crop strength and resistance to stress by alternative genetic and genomic, non-GMO, technologies: (1) Selecting allelic variants of a novel gene identified by members of the consortium which regulates oxidative and abiotic stress tolerance and (2) Molecular priming by biostimulants or low doses of H2O2 to induce stress-protective mechanisms in crops. This dual approach will meet the growing EU push towards secure, sustainable and safe means of food production (Dir.2009/128/EC & EU Reg. EC/178/2002). The genetic approaches are combined with high-throughput technologies for transcriptome, metabolome, and phenotypic analyses, combined with advanced bioinformatics. Both approaches to increasing crop yield are growing in importance, with the biostimulants industry expected to reach $2.2B globally by 2018. Equipping ESRs with these skills will enable them to develop their research careers in academia or industry. Training will be conducted at the University of Potsdam (UP, Coordinator), Germany, and two companies: BioAtlantis (BA), Ireland, and Enza Zaden (EZ), The Netherlands. Prof. B. Mueller-Roeber (UP) has extensive research management and teaching experience and will supervise the ESRs as PhD students. BA is internationally recognized for producing innovative biostimulants and has 3 patents filed, while EZ is among the top ten in vegetable breeding worldwide. All partners have experience in coordination and participation in EU FP7 projects. The expected results will increase our understanding of the molecular basis of stress tolerance and provide two alternative strategies for crop improvement and increasing food production. BA and EZ will ensure rapid dissemination of applied research to end users.


List of deliverables.
Conference Oxidative and abiotic stress Other 2019-09-06 08:32:30
Conference attendance Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-09-06 08:32:30
PhD theses of ESRs Other 2019-09-06 08:32:30
Dissemination of applied science Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-09-06 08:32:30
Publications in scientific journals Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-09-06 08:32:30
Web site completion Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-09-06 08:32:30
Recruitment of researchers Other 2019-09-06 08:32:30

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of CropStrengthen deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Meriem Durgud, Saurabh Gupta, Ivan Ivanov, M. Amin Omidbakhshfard, Maria Benina, Saleh Alseekh, Nikola Staykov, Mareike Hauenstein, Paul P. Dijkwel, Stefan Hörtensteiner, Valentina Toneva, Yariv Brotman, Alisdair R. Fernie, Bernd Mueller-Roeber, Tsanko S. Gechev
Molecular Mechanisms Preventing Senescence in Response to Prolonged Darkness in a Desiccation-Tolerant Plant
published pages: 1319-1338, ISSN: 0032-0889, DOI: 10.1104/pp.18.00055
Plant Physiology 177/3 2019-09-06

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