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Understanding Halophytes for an Agriculture Worth its Salt

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Project "HALO" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Piazza San Marco 4
city: Florence
postcode: 50121

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 268˙518 €
 EC max contribution 268˙518 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-12-01   to  2019-11-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE IT (Florence) coordinator 268˙518.00
2    UNIVERSITY OF TASMANIA AU (Hobart) partner 0.00


 Project objective

One of the greatest challenges of the 21st century is to meet the world’s future food security and sustainability needs despite the rapid and large declines in suitable resources needed for the agricultural expansion required in the foreseeable future. As a result, interest in saline resources has escalated over the years but, notwithstanding great efforts from the scientific and breeding community, success in the development of salt tolerant crops remains elusive. For major breakthrough in crop breeding for salt tolerance, there is an urgent need to look at new options to find previously unexplored traits and mechanisms. With a multi-disciplinary approach and state-of-the-art biophysical and molecular techniques used in plant molecular biology, ion transport biology, halophyte ecophysiology and electrophysiology, the project will reveal the fine print of one of the most interesting mechanisms evolved by plants to deal with excess salts and thrive in these otherwise hostile environments. Given that dicotyledonous halophytes use sodium as a cheap osmoticum, the main objective of the project is to unravel the complementary morphological, physiological and anatomical characteristics that enable them to deal with cytotoxic sodium. The project will focus on four distinct halophytic species (facultative vs. obligate and with vs. without salt bladders): Atriplex nummularia, Chenopodium quinoa, Salicornia dolichostachya and Beta vulgaris ssp. marittima. By understanding how these different halophytes orchestrate efficient vacuolar Na sequestration with greater cytosolic K retention and bladder cell-based desalination, this project is expected to led the way to uncharted pathways to pinpoint key biological mechanisms that could improve tolerance in traditional salt sensitive crops. Public engagement activities and contact with the scientific and agricultural community will ensure a rapid transfer of knowledge and improve the likelihood of developing new salt tolerant crops.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Ali Kiani-Pouya, Fatemeh Rasouli, Nadia Bazihizina, Heng Zhang, Rainer Hedrich, Sergey Shabala
A large-scale screening of quinoa accessions reveals an important role of epidermal bladder cells and stomatal patterning in salinity tolerance
published pages: 103885, ISSN: 0098-8472, DOI: 10.1016/j.envexpbot.2019.103885
Environmental and Experimental Botany 168 2020-03-17
2018 Nadia Bazihizina, Timothy D. Colmer, Tracey Ann Cuin, Stefano Mancuso, Sergey Shabala
Friend or Foe? Chloride Patterning in Halophytes
published pages: , ISSN: 1360-1385, DOI: 10.1016/j.tplants.2018.11.003
Trends in Plant Science 2020-03-17
2017 Ali Kiani-Pouya, Ute Roessner, Nirupama S. Jayasinghe, Adrian Lutz, Thusitha Rupasinghe, Nadia Bazihizina, Jennifer Bohm, Sulaiman Alharbi, Rainer Hedrich, Sergey Shabala
Epidermal bladder cells confer salinity stress tolerance in the halophyte quinoa and Atriplex species
published pages: 1900-1915, ISSN: 0140-7791, DOI: 10.1111/pce.12995
Plant, Cell & Environment 40/9 2020-03-17
2018 Jennifer Böhm, Maxim Messerer, Heike M. Müller, Joachim Scholz-Starke, Antonella Gradogna, Sönke Scherzer, Tobias Maierhofer, Nadia Bazihizina, Heng Zhang, Christian Stigloher, Peter Ache, Khaled A.S. Al-Rasheid, Klaus F.X. Mayer, Sergey Shabala, Armando Carpaneto, Georg Haberer, Jian-Kang Zhu, Rainer Hedrich
Understanding the Molecular Basis of Salt Sequestration in Epidermal Bladder Cells of Chenopodium quinoa
published pages: 3075-3085.e7, ISSN: 0960-9822, DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.08.004
Current Biology 28/19 2020-03-17
2017 Nadia Bazihizina, Erik J. Veneklaas, Edward G. Barrett-Lennard, Timothy D. Colmer
Hydraulic redistribution: limitations for plants in saline soils
published pages: 2437-2446, ISSN: 0140-7791, DOI: 10.1111/pce.13020
Plant, Cell & Environment 40/10 2020-03-17

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