Project: Use of local genetic diversity to understand and exploit barley adaptation to harsh environments and for pre-breeding

Duration 01/10/2019 - 30/09/2022
Project Topic GENDIBAR aims to achieve the following objectives: (i) harnessing barley diversity to detect new alleles that have the potential to cope with projected climate change, shifts of agro-ecological zones of the Mediterranean and resistance to powdery mildew, (ii) creating new knowledge and molecular tools to assess and appraise the genetic bases of heat tolerance and intolerance at vulnerable stages of barley develoSMEnt, (iii) providing new hypotheses for adopting better agricultural practices to minimize the effects of climate change in current and future Mediterranean environments, (iv) improving model-aided ideotype design for the different agro-ecological zones, (v) enabling the creation of tolerant and resilient barley varieties exploiting barley diversity. To reach the aforementioned objectives, GENDIBAR will (i) exploit the pattern of genetic variants detected in selected panels of barley landraces, (ii) combine morphological and RNA expression analyses to identify key genes involved in the differential response to heat stress during sensitive stages of barley develoSMEnt in field and controlled conditions, (iii) exploit morphological and physiological traits measured in Mediterranean landraces to improve crop simulation models for designing heat tolerant ideotypes and (iv) identifying other possible agricultural practices for barley farming, (v) conduct pre-breeding programs using cutting-edge technologies. Overall, GENDIBAR will provide new knowledge to fill the existing research gaps to adapt barley farming in relation to the projected climate change and shifts of the Mediterranean agro-ecological zones and will valorize barley biodiversity applying targeted pre-breeding.
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Network PRIMA
Call Section 2 Call 2018 - Multi-topic

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Council for Agricultural Research and Agricultural Economics Analysis - Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics Coordinator Italy
2 National School of Agronomics Partner Algeria
3 Ain Shams University Partner Egypt
4 Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research Partner Germany
5 University of Milan Partner Italy
6 University of Lleida Partner Spain
7 State Agency Higher Council for Scientific Research Partner Spain
8 University of Sfax Partner Tunisia
9 TEKFEN Agriculture Partner Turkey