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Identifying relevant candidate genes for improving plant growth under abiotic stress conditions in Brassica crops

  • Acronym ARABRAS
  • Duration 1 April 2007 - 1 April 2010
  • Project leader Maarten Koornneef, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Germany
  • Other project participants Olivier Loudet, INRA Versailles, France
    Christine Granier, INRA Agro Montpellier, France
    Detlef Weigel, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany
    Gunhild Leckband, Norddeutsche Pflanzenzucht Hans-Georg Lembke KG NPZ [Company], Germany
    Jens Weyen*, Saaten Union Resistenzlabor GmbH SURL [Company], Germany
    Carlos Alonso-Blanco, CSIC National Centre of Biotechnology CNB, 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

    *participant with own funding
  • Total Granted budget € 897,677


Mapping populations derived from crosses between natural accessions of the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana will be tested under conditions of abiotic stress, allowing the genetic analysis of genetic variation underlying abiotic stress tolerance. This genetic information together with the genomic information and resources available in Arabidopsis will be used to identify the genes responsible for variation in these traits. In parallel the performance of two Brassica napus (rapeseed) mapping populations will be analysed, allowing the detection of stress related QTL in this crop plant. Based on synteny between the two species the genetic and genomic information of Arabidopsis can be related to the genetic locations identified in B. napus and used to develop molecular markers allowing the application of marker assisted selection for his complicated traits in this crop species

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