WATBIO: developing drought-tolerant biomass crops for Europe
LATEST NEWS: 2 October 2013, Florence in Italy. The first annual WATBIO consortium meeting marks the end of a successful first year (see News)
Welcome to the WATBIO project website. WATBIO is a European Framework 7 funded collaborative research project focused on the genetic improvement of three perennial biomass crops: poplar, miscanthus and arundo. The project started in November 2012.
WATBIO is about finding and putting into practice science-based solutions to address one of modern agriculture’s great challenges: delivering non-food biomass without competing with food production while protecting already stretched water resources. We need perennial crops that tolerate drought to efficiently produce biomass on land unsuited to food production.
Over the course of the project and beyond, this website will provide a full account of the research project and its results.
If you are interested in the development of these crops and in following our work closely, you are welcome to join the WATBIO Interest Group.