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Proyecto de investigación

Agriculture under extreme environmental conditions in Latin America by using osmoprotection genes to generate stress-resistant potato and bean plants (AGRECILA)

Responsable: Joaquín José Nieto Gutiérrez
Tipo de Proyecto/Ayuda: 5º Programa Marco de la U.E.
Referencia: ICA4-CT-2000-30041
Web: http://cordis.europa.eu/projects/rcn/52502_en.html
Fecha de Inicio: 01-10-2000
Fecha de Finalización: 31-12-2003

Empresa/Organismo financiador/es:

  • Commission of the European Communities (Research Directorate-General)


  • Philipps University Marburg (Erhard Bremer)
  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Gabriel Iturriaga)
  • Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (Antonietta Gutiérrez-Rosati)



  • Técnicos/Personal Administrativo:
    • Nieves Capote Maínez


Resumen del proyecto:

The primary goal of the project is the recovery of arid and semi-arid soils in Latin America by their cultivation with plants metabolically engineered to resist biotic stresses such as drought, salinity, cold or freezing conditions. Two food crops, potato and beans, which are not natural resistant to such stresses, will be genetically manipulated by the introduction of genes responsible for the synthesis of compatible solutes. This will involve the use of already characterize deukaryotic and prokaryotic genes and the isolation and characterization of new genes for the synthesis of these osmoprotective compounds. In addition, the improvement of soil fertility will be approached by the establishment of a more efficient nitrogen fixation by bean root nodules under osmotic stress. This is intended to be achieved by the symbiotic combination of stress-resistant beans and host-specific Rhizobium strains.

FEDER - Union Europea

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