To provide a better understanding of the fundamental mechanisms determining drought tolerance in Populus, Miscanthus and Arundo for the control of growth and transpiration efficiency in response to water stress.
To provide a database and modelling platform of ‘water stress response’ trait information, from laboratory to phenotyping platform to field for three novel biomass crops and quantifying these responses for a wide range of new germplasm developed in the project.
To support innovative molecular breeding/genetic optimisation by deploying next generation sequencing data, in 4 different, innovative approaches (RNASeq, GWAS, induced and natural mutagenesis and genetical genomics), for gene discovery, genetic optimisation and supply of new material to partners’ breeding programmes. .
To deploy GM technologies to test importance of single genes for drought tolerance.
.To assess field environmental performance of the new crop plants in a range of environments, on marginal soils, spanning the European agro-climatic zones, to inform the selection of superior genotypes
To train the next generation of multidisciplinary non-food crop bioscientists and technologists through workshops, seminars and science exchanges and to ensure spreading of excellence between academics and SMEs.
To maximise the impact of the project by enabling users shape the project, engagement with users, coordinating exploitation and dissemination through stakeholder workshops and additional ‘Local Fora’ meetings, a delivery and communications strategy, targeted dissemination and coordinated exploitation, and through optimising the development of critical mass in this 22 partner consortium, especially through using industrial partners for fostering impact.