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Identification of molecular markers for the detection of bio-regulators that enhance plant productivity and quality

  • Acronym Bioregulators
  • Duration 1 August 2007 - 1 August 2010
  • Project leader Pascal von Koskull-Döring, Bayer Crop Science AG [Company], Germany
  • Other project participants John Graham Waples, BIOTEK Agriculture [Company], France
    Laurent Guerreiro, ARVALIS - Institute du végétal [Company] , France
    Stefan Schillberg, Frauenhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology, Germany
    Paul Christou, Lleida University, Spain
    José Luis Guardiola, Technical University of Valencia, Spain
  • Funding National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), France
    Research Centre Juelich – Project Management Juelich (FZJ-PTO) on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Germany
    Ministry Science and Innovation (MICINN), Spain
  • Total Granted budget € 2,179,822

Abstract

The objective of this project is to exploit the potential of biologically active chemicals (bioregulators) that positively influence plant growth and productivity by identifying transcripts, proteins and metabolites that are up- or down-regulated when the chemicals are applied under stress and non-stress conditions. So far stress models were successfully established for Arabidopsis (cold, salt and drought) and Rice (salt and drought).

  • (1) Stress assays in the presence of bioregulators were initiated and several promising results obtained already.
  • (2) To identify the responsible gene products we started with transcriptome, proteome and metabolome profiling of these plants.
  • (3) The identified marker genes will be used to establish a cell-based high-throughput assay.
  • (4) The corresponding promoters driving the marker genes will be fused to a fluorescent protein and plant expression cassettes will be introduced into Arabidopsis suspension cells.
  • (5) The transformation procedure with pDsRed and its detection could be established already.
  • (6) This cell-based fluorescence assay will be used to screen for novel or superior compounds that induce the same pathway responsible for enhanced crop yield and quality.
  • (7) Furthermore, an important aspect of the project is the performance of bioregulators on yield and quality of crops in the field under abiotic stress conditions.

Addressing this point, salt stress models for tomato and lettuce were established and the establishment of drought stress trials in plastic tunnels as well as wheat and corn field trials is well advanced.

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