Root phenotyping and genetic improvement for rotational crops resilient to environmental change

Root2Res, which is a Horizon Europe project, will deliver novel tools to help in designing climate resilient crop rotational systems that are adapted to a range of environments across Europe. Beyond the project, these future-proofed systems will provide plentiful, healthy and nutritious food from crops that are resilient to stress, resource efficient and go some way to mitigate the impact of climate change by sequestering carbon in soils. Root2Res will then contribute to more sustainable and environmentally friendly cropping systems for Europe.   Project Leder: Raffaella Maria Balestrini IPSP personnel:…

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Vertical Farming: Development of a prototype to produce high value horticultural crops enriched by bioactive molecules (VertiGrow)

VertiGROW is aimed i) to apply high-efficiency light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to drive production of secondary metabolites (SM) in plants by manipulating light spectral composition and ii) to produce a laboratory prototype of LED powered by beyond-silicon innovative photon-to-electron conversion devices to stimulate crop growth and drive SM production. The activities will be developed thanks to the participation of researchers working in the CNR Institutes IPSP, IMM, Nanotec and ICCOM. Growth of plants in response different frequency of radiation emitted and non-targeted metabolomics analysis will be performed thanks to the participation…

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Mining ectomycorrhizal genomes and transcriptomes: from pan-genome to adaptive evolution in a climate change scenario

The purpose of the project related to Proposal 507866 – CSP New Investigator Proposal (2021 Q3 NI) of DOE Joint Genome Institute is the whole genome re-sequencing of 36 different isolates and fruit bodies belonging to four widespread ectomycorrhizal fungal species, i.e., Tuber borchii, Suillus collinitus, Pisolithus tinctorius, and Scleroderma citrinum, collected in a plethora of habitats different from geographical and microclimatic point of view. The re-sequencing will allow to perform a population genomics and functional gene characterization of these species potentially facing the effect of the temperature increase due…

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Arbuscular mycorrhiza potential to modify grapevine defence against viruses (MYCO GRAPE)

MYCO-GRAPE is a project of the Institute for Adriatic Crops and Karst Reclamation (Split, Croatia) funded by the Croatian Science Fundation. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are proven to have potential for alleviation of biotic stress in plants and activation of mycorrhiza-induced resistance. However, there are significant gaps in the knowledge on bioprotection efficiency of AMF against the plant viruses and no investigations were conducted on the grapevine. In this project the functional interplay among the grapevine-AMF-viruses will be addressed, having in mind the following: global importance of viticulture, grapevine high…

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CRIREC

The aim of the CRIREC project is to recover varieties of chrysanthemum in great demand from a commercial point of view, but which have now disappeared from the catalogs of both Dutch and Danish breeders; the varieties “Turner”, “Snowdon”, “Dilana” and “Spider” will be considered which, due to viral diseases and continuous agamic propagation, have, over time, lost the intrinsic positive characteristics of the variety. At first, virus and viroid infection will be assessed in the varieties to be restored, using Next Generation Sequencing techniques, in order to obtain an…

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GeMed

Prevention and control of new and invasive geminiviruses infecting vegetables in the Mediterranean – PRIMA2018 The GeMed project is dedicated to the assessment of the phytopathological situation and the prevention of potentially dangerous invasive geminivirus infections in the Mediterranean area, with regard to cucurbit and tomato crops. The “circulating geminiviroma” will be evaluated through VEM technology applied to geminivirus vectors and on leaf samples collected in different areas of the Mediterranean. Data will be acquired on the life cycle and presence of vector insects and in particular of Orosius spp,…

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