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Integrated control of polysaccharide and lignin biosynthesis to improve cellulose content, availability and fibre quality

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-1999-31493
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-10-2000
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 3,322,058 EUR
EC Contribution: 2,302,606 EUR
Scientific Officer: Ciaran MANGAN
Research topic: 5.1.1. Sustainable agriculture/Plant Systems

Abstract:
The proposal complies with the Common Agricultural Policy in the diversification of agriculture in the area of non-food and forage crops. It will lead to wealth-creating opportunities that are environmentally desirable in a number of developing industrial fields. It is designed as a core discovery programme, using proteomics and leading to gene isolation involved in the biosynthesis of cell wall lignins and hemicelluloses in the model species tobacco. The influence of these components on fibre properties and cellulose availability will be determined in modified plants to define the limits to which they can be manipulated beneficially. These deliverabes can be used to direct molecular breeding programmes and genetic modification to improve fibre. They will be extended to the commercial species, poplar, for biomass energy and improved pulping and paper making, maize, for improved forage digestibility, and flax, for improved production of industrial fibre.


Coordinator
Paul BOLWELL
University of London, Division of Biochemistry
Egham
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1784 443553
Fax: +44 1784434326
E-mail: uhbc006@vms.rhbnc.ac.uk


Partners
  Alain BOUDET
University Paul Sabatier-Toulouse III
Castanet-Tolosan
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 5 61556753
Fax: +33 5 61556210
E-mail: amboudet@cict.fr
  Richard GF VISSER
Wageningen Agricultural University
Wageningen
THE NETHERLANDS
Tel.: +31 317482836
Fax: +31 317483457
E-mail: Richard.Visser@users.pv.wau.nl
  Alain MURIGNEUX
Biogemma
Aubière
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 4 73427970
Fax: +33 4 73275736
E-mail: Alain.murigneux@limagrain.com
  Wout BOERJAN
Flanders InteruniversIty Institute for Biotechnology, Department of Plant Genetics
Gent
BELGIUM
Tel.: +32 9 2645202
Fax: +32 9 2645349
E-mail: woboe@gengenp.rug.ac.be
  Jens KOSSMANN
Max-Planck-Institut fuer molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie
Golm-Potsdam
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 331 5678261
Fax: +49 331 5678250
E-mail: Kossmann@mpimp-golm.mpg.de
  Jean-Paul JOSELEAU
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Grenoble
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 4 76037661
Fax: +33 4 76547203
E-mail: joseleau@cermav.cnrs.fr
  M. BURRELL
Advanced Technologies Cambridge
Cambridge
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1223 420284
Fax: +44 1223 423448
E-mail: mmb.atc@dial.pipex.com
  Pedro PUIGDOMENECH
Departament de Genetica Molecular, CSIC
Barcelona
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 34006100
Fax: +34 32045904
E-mail: pprgmp@cid.csic.es
  Stephen C. FRY
University of Edinburgh, Institute of cell and molecular biology
Edinburgh
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1316 505320
Fax: +44 1316 505392
E-mail: s.fry@ed.ac.uk