DIversité - Adaptation - DEveloppement des plantes

PROCROP – Plant Reproduction for Crop Improvement

Equipe Régulation Epigénétique et Développement de la Graine

 
 

Key words: Apomixis, crop improvement, functional analysis of candidate genes

Summary: The PROCROP project focuses on building a network of collaborations between expert laboratories in plant reproductive biology and modern sequencing to investigate asexual reproduction through seeds, or apomixis. Using both sexual model systems (Arabidopsis, rice and maize) and, sub-tropical and tropical apomictic grass species (Poa pratensis, Paspalum notatum, and Eragrostis curvula), we will combine tools of molecular and cellular biology to decipher the fundamental mechanisms required for reshaping sexual plants transcriptomic landscapes towards the establishment of apomixis in major food crops. Therefore, we believe that PROCROP will contribute significantly to the establishment of major technology platforms for crop improvement and to innovative agricultural practices.

PROCROP website

Partners:

Epigenetic Regulation and Seed Development Team, UMR IRD-Univ Montpellier DIADE (PI : O Leblanc)

Department of Biosciences, University of Milan, Italy (PI:  L Colombo)

Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Science, University of Perugia, Italy (Project Coordinator: E Albertini)

Polo d'Innovazione Genomica, Genetica e Biologia, Siena, Italy (PI: A Manzoni)

-  Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencias Agrarias, CONICET-Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina (PI: S Pessino)

-  Centro de Recursos Naturales Renovables de la Zona Semiárida, CONICET-Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina (PI: V Echenique)

-  Laboratorio Nacional de Genomica para la Biodiversidad, CINVESTAV, Mexico (PI: S Gillmor)