project . 2015 - 2018 . Closed

14CONFAP Comparative genomic and physiological analysis of C4 plant-microbe symbiosis

UK Research and Innovation
Funder: UK Research and InnovationProject code: BB/M029271/1
Funded under: BBSRC Funder Contribution: 48,020 GBP
Status: Closed
01 Jan 2015 (Started) 29 Sep 2018 (Ended)

Miscanthus (grown in the UK) is a perrenial crop containing large amounts of carbon, that we can burn in power stations to produce energy, or digest biologically to produce useful chemicals (e.g. for production of bioplastics). Sugarcane (grown in Brazil) is a very similar crop, bred for its sugar content. Both plants have bacteria called endophytes living in their roots. The plant has a symbiotic relationship with these bacteria; some of the bacteria help the plant fix nitrogen, others may help the plant tolerate drought stress. This project aims to exchange knowledge and expertise on these endophytes including what types of endophytes are present and how they function. In the long term, this could lead to us being able to innoculate plants with specific beneficial bacteria, thereby making them more tolerant to drought, and to increase their growth.

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