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The WATBIO consortium

The WATBIO project integrates the work of 22 partners from eight countries of the EU. The consortium brings together expertise in molecular biology and fundamental plant science, understanding of the cellular mechanisms responsible for contrasting abilities of plants to tolerate drought and in capabilities in next generation sequencing. The consortium also includes partners involved in the breeding and the commercial development of the poplar, miscanthus and arundo.

In addition to sequencing technologies based on both DNA and RNA, the consortium has expertise in functional and structural genomics and genetics including construction of transgenic poplar and miscanthus. These genetic and genomic skills are complemented by crop and sustainability field skills and interest in the agronomy and crop-physiological performance of novel non-food crops. The coordinator is Professor Gail Taylor of the University of Southampton.