NEURICE main objective
The main objective of the project is to develop strategies for rice productivity, stability and quality by developing New commercial EUropean RICE (Oryza sativa) harbouring salt tolerance alleles to protect the rice sector against climate change and apple snail (Pomacea insularum) invasion (NEURICE).
- To identify new salt tolerant varieties and new salt tolerance alleles using phenotypical, physiological and genetic screening of germplasm collection and complementary approaches of Genome Wide Association Study (GWAS).
- To obtain advanced lines with improved salt tolerance by introgressing Saltol, a chromosome segment carrying a salt tolerance gene from the highly salt tolerant Asian variety FL478 into European elite varieties.
- To evaluate salinity tolerance in controlled conditions using hydroponic systems to validate salt tolerant lines produced within this project after introgressing salt tolerance genes from FL478.
- To perform field trials to evaluate in salinized and non-salinized conditions the traditional European rice lines harbouring the Saltol salt tolerance chromosomal region introgressed from salt tolerant FL478, as well as the most salt tolerant japonica accessions and RILs, in order to select those salt tolerant lines with commercial potential.
- To implement a salinity motorization system in rice plots treated with seawater using a novel autonomous salinity wireless sensor network.
- To transfer the knowledge of the new elite European salt tolerant varieties and the salinity monitorization system to the end users.
The NEURICE project, presented within the call Sustainable Food Security and the sub-call of: H2020-SFS-2014-2015 and Topic: Strategies for crop productivity, stability and quality SFS-05-2015, explicitly considers improving identification, prediction and introduction of useful genetic variation in crops while seeking for novel breeding targets to improve yield, yield stability, quality, biotic/abiotic stress resistance/tolerance and environmental benefits.