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Sustainable grasslands withstanding environmental stresses

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-1999-30764
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-01-2001
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 2,611,155 EUR
EC Contribution: 1,563,264 EUR
Scientific Officer: Elzbieta CEGLARSKA
Research topic: 5.1.1. Sustainable agriculture/Plant Systems

Abstract:
Perennial grasslands occupy 40% of land used by the EU for agriculture, but all high-quality forage grasses lack stress resistance. The project co-ordinates multidiscipline groups to combine traditional and novel techniques to develop the means for breeding precisely targeted traits. New robust grass varieties will be created which will improve grassland productivity and persistency, benefit incomes, and help maintain fragile rural communities. Using natural diversity and conventional breeding, combinations of genes governing adaptations to diverse abiotic stresses are transferred to chromosome locations in high-quality grasses where they are both functional and stable. The project will 'dissect' the complex gene systems involved in stress resistance and develop understanding of their function. New mapping technology will locate desirable gene combinations and linkage markers will facilitate their future selection in breeding programmes.


Coordinator
Michael HUMPHREYS
Institute of Grasslands & Environmental Research
Aberystwyth
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1970 823098
Fax: +44 1970 821967
E-mail: mike.humphreys@bbsrc.ac.uk


Partners
  John GILBERT
Germinal Holdings Ltd
Avonmouth
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 2840 662777
Fax: +44 2840 662688
E-mail: john@germinal.com
  Marc GESQUIÈRE
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique
Lusignan
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 5 49556084
Fax: +33 5 49556044
E-mail: ghesquiere@lusignan.inra.fr
  Michel SIMON
Groupe Jouffray-Drillaud
Saint-Sauvant
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 5 49542054
Fax: +33 5 49542055
E-mail: jouffray-drillaud@wanadoo.fr
  Zbigniew ZWIERZYKOWSKI
Institute of Plant Genetics Polish Academy of Sciences
Poznan
POLAND
Tel.: +48 61 8233511
Fax: +48 61 8233671
E-mail: zzwi@igr.poznan.pl
  Marcin RAPACZ
Agricultural University of Cracow
Krakow
POLAND
Tel.: +48 12 425 33 01
Fax: +48 12 425 32 02
E-mail: rrrapacz@cyf-kr.edu.pl
  Franciszek RATAJCZYK
Szelejewo Plant Breeding
Szelejewo
POLAND
Tel.: +48 65 5730510
Fax: +48 65 5730585
E-mail: hodowla@alpha.pl
  Odd Arne ROGNLI
The Agricultural University of Norway
Aas
NORWAY
Tel.: +47 649476 88
Fax: +47649476 79
E-mail: ibfoar@ikb.nlh.no
  Liv ØSTREM
The Norwegian Crop Research Institute
Aas
NORWAY
Tel.: +47 57739703
Fax: +47 57737777
E-mail: liv.ostrem@planteforsk.no