Enhanced, stable crop production is essential for meeting the demands of three billion
extra consumers in the near future. The Consortium for Improving Plant Yield (CIPY) aims to exploit the inherent production potential of the model plant species Arabidopsis and to unlock its genetic capacity to grow and produce biomass.
To this end, CIPY develops a multidisciplinary approach using initially a model species, centred on physiological, genetic and epigenetic factors. Subsequently, CIPY will translate the acquired knowledge into crop species. Starting point are centrally grown populations, that all academic and industrial partners will work with.
The CIPY partners will integrate their research activities on this subject, thus designing a fundamental research programme with commercial commitment.CIPY started on 1 November 2011.
In two years time, the Consortium aims to deliver candidate genes underpinning factors that enhance yield, and increase understanding of the molecular and (epi)genetic factors involved in plant growth. Also, CIPY will establish a plan of action for a larger initiative for crop improvement.
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