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Securing a sustainable production of food and feed - a functional genomic-guided strategy for improving biotic stress tolerance in cereals

  • Acronym CEREHEALTH
  • Duration 1 May 2007 - 1 May 2010
  • Project leader Günter Strittmatter, KWS Saat AG [Company], Einbeck, Germany
  • Other project participants Sebastien Praud, BIOGEMMA [Company}, Aubiere, France
    Maxine Trottet, INRA-Agrocampus Rennes, France
    Erhard Ebmeyer, Lochow-Petkus GmbH [Company], Bergen, Germany
    Lorenz Hartl, Bav. State Res.Cen. (LfL), Freising, Germany
    Petr Karlovsky, University of Göttingen, Germany
    Thomas Miedaner, University of Hohenheim, Germany
    Patrick Schweizer, IPK Gatersleben, Germany
    Dietmar Stahl, PLANTA GmbH, Germany
    Sergio Gustavo Atienza Peñas, Consejo Superior de Investigadoro Siencia, Spain
    Beat Keller*, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • 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 of Science and Innovation (MICINN), Spain

    *participant with own funding
  • Total Granted budget € 2,446,286


The aim of this project is to develop innovative resistance breeding strategies for wheat and maize. Quantitative genetic approaches, genomics and bioinformatics will be employed to exploit and extend natural plant resistance against Fusarium and Septoria. 4 workpackages will be pursued: (i) analysis of genetic diversity of crops and pathogens; (ii) identification and characterisiation of functional genomic regions; (iii) candidate gene selection and genetic engineering. The deliverables will be used in workpackage 4 for a meta analysis across pathosystems. The meta analysis will be used in molecular breeding approaches for improved varieties with durable disease resistance by the industrial partners

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