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PROCOGEN - Promoting a functional and comparative understanding of the conifer genome- implementing applied aspects for more productive and adapted forests. (289841)

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In the midst of a climatic change scenario, the genetics of adaptive response in conifers becomes essential to ensure a sustainable management of genetic resources and an effective breeding. Conifers are the target of major tree breeding efforts worldwide. Advances in molecular technologies, such as next-generation DNA sequencing technologies, could have an enormous impact on the rate of progress and achievements made by tree breeding programmes. These new technologies might be used not only to improve our understanding of fundamental conifer biology, but also to address practical problems for the forest industry as well as problems related to the adaptation and management of conifer forests. In this context, ProCoGen will address genome sequencing of two keystone European conifer species. Genome re-sequencing approaches will be used to obtain two reference pine genomes. Comparative genomics and genetic diversity will be closely integrated and linked to targeted functional genomics investigations to identify genes and gene networks that efficiently help to develop or enhance applications related to forest productivity, forest stewardship in response to environmental change or conservation efforts. The development of high-throughput genotyping tools will produce an array of pre-breeding tools to be implemented in forest tree breeding programmes. ProCoGen will also develop comparative studies based on orthologous sequences, genes and markers, which will allow guiding re-sequencing initiatives and exploiting the research accumulated on each of the species under consideration to accelerate the use of genomic tools in diverse species. ProCoGen will integrate fragmented activities developed by European research groups involved in several ongoing international conifer genome initiatives and contribute to strengthening international collaboration with North American initiatives (US and Canada).
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Grant Number: 289841
Cordis Record Number: 101672
Project Start Date: 2012-01-01
Project End Date: 2015-12-31
Project Funder: EC/FP7/SP1/KBBE
EC Special Clause: false
Datapilot: false
Open Access Mandate: false
Coordinator: UNIVERSIDAD DE ALCALA
Coordinator contact: Díaz Sala, Carmen
Coordinator EU Contribution: 456960
EU Max Contribution: 5978303
Total Cost: 7754578.7
Participant: INSTITUTO DE BIOLOGIA EXPERIMENTAL E TECNOLOGICA
UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA
BUNDESFORSCHUNGS UND AUSBILDUNGSZENTRUM FUR WALD NATURGEFAHREN UND LANDSCHAFT
FUNDACIO CENTRE DE REGULACIO GENOMICA
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
BARCELONA SUPERCOMPUTING CENTER - CENTRO NACIONAL DE SUPERCOMPUTACION
INSTITUT TECHNOLOGIQUE FCBA (FORETCELLULOSE BOIS-CONSTRUCTION AMEUBLEMENT)
UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
UNIVERSITE LAVAL
NORSK INSTITUTT FOR SKOG OG LANDSKAP
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
UMEA UNIVERSITET
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
VIB
OULUN YLIOPISTO
Norwegian institute of Bioeconomy Research - NIBIO
UNIVERSIDAD DE MALAGA
FORESTRY COMMISSION RESEARCH AGENCY
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACION Y TECNOLOGIA AGRARIA Y ALIMENTARIA
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
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