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Architecture engineering in the tomato

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-2000-00357
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-01-2001
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 1,384,330 EUR
EC Contribution: 1,094,345 EUR
Scientific Officer: Richard HARDWICK
Research topic: 5.1.1. Sustainable agriculture/Plant Systems

Abstract:
Greenhouse production of tomatoes is a key agricultural activity in several European countries. Although traditional breeding has led to the generation of high yielding tomato varieties, several unresolved problems reduce efficiency, e.g., side shoots have to be manually removed because they reduce yield from the main stem, and the non-uniformity of flowering results in non-uniform fruit development. The consequences are increased labour costs, increased risk of disease, and increased use of agrochemicals. Classical breeding will never be able to resolve all these issues. The OPTOMIZE project will optimize tomato plant architecture for greenhouse growth and in parallel will increase flavour and health benefits of fresh tomatoes by the targeted manipulation of key endogenous regulatory molecules controlling these processes. OPTOMIZE will therefore provide benefits to the grower, in terms of providing genotypes better adapted to the requirements of the greenhouse, and to the consumer, who will be able to enjoy the benefits of a tastier tomato with excellent health-promoting characteristics.


Coordinator
Chris BOWLER
Laboratory of Molecular Plant Biology
Napoli
ITALY
Tel.: +39 081 583 3211
Fax: +39 081 764 1355
E-mail: chris@alpha.szn.it


Partners
  Cris KUHLEMEIER
Universität Bern, Institute of Plant Physiology
Bern
SWITZERLAND
Tel.: +41 31 631 4913
Fax: +41 31 332 2059
E-mail: cris.kuhlemeier@pfp.unibe.ch
  Peter DE HAAN
Novartis Seeds B.V.
Enkhuizen
THE NETHERLANDS
Tel.: +31 228 36 6187
Fax: +31 228 36 6348
E-mail: peterde.haan@seeds.novartis.com
  Klaus THERES
Max Planck Institut für Zuechtungsforschung
Koeln
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 221 506 2257
Fax: +49 221 506 2213
E-mail: theres@mpiz-koeln.mpg.de
  Richard E. KENDRICK
Laboratory of Plant Physiology
Wageningen
THE NETHERLANDS
Tel.: +31 317 482 809
Fax: +31 317 284 740
E-mail: dick.kendrick@algem.pf.wau.nl
  Eberhard SCHAFER
University of Freiburg, Institut fur Biologie II (Botanik)
Freiburg
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 761 203 2683
Fax: +49 761 203 2629
E-mail: schaegen@uni-freiburg.de
  Eliezer LIFSCHITZ
Technion I.I.T., Department of Biology Technion I.I.T.
Haifa
ISRAEL
Tel.: +972 4 829 3959
Fax: +972 4 822 5153
E-mail: lifs@techunix.technion.ac.il