Novel characterization of crop wild relative and landrace resources as a basis for improved crop breeding.
Agricultural R&D, Innovation
FP7-KBBE-2010-4 – Grant Agreement ID 266394
1 March 2011 to 31 August 2014
Europe enjoys a wealth of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA) that can be used to improve crops and ensure food security. However, these resources must be conserved and protected to ensure their sustainable use in the future. Our food depends on fresh sources of genetic variation for breeding new varieties of crops that will be able to thrive in the face of a changing climate. Wild plant species closely related to crops (crop wild relatives or CWRs) and traditional, locally adapted crop varieties (landraces or LRs) are crucial to genetic variation. Although the importance of CWRs and LRs to food security is widely recognized, there is a lack of knowledge regarding their diversity. There is also a lack of information concerning exactly how this diversity can best be used for improving crops. The PGR Secure project addressed this lack of information. The EU-funded initiative sought to develop fast and cost-effective methods to identify and make available genetic material that can be used by plant breeders. By implementing its strong Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) expertise, GenomeScan played an essential role in developing novel crop characterization techniques based on genomics and transcriptomics.
Book: Enhancing Crop Genepool Use. Maxted N, Dulloo M.E., and Ford-Lloyd B.V. CAB International 2016 (ISBN-13: 978 1 78064 61 3 8)
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement No 266394.