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Swetree Technologies Ab | Date: 2009-01-13

Nitrogenous fertilisers.

Swetree Technologies Ab | Date: 2013-02-19

Chemicals used in industry, science, as well as in agriculture, horticulture and forestry except fungicides, herbicides insectides and parasiticides; manures; fire extinguishing compositions; adhesives used in industry; cellulose and hemicelluloses. Paper, cardboard and goods made from these materials, not included in other classes, namely, paper board, paper bags, printing paper, paper containers, industrial packaging containers of paper, laminated paper, packaging paper; adhesives for stationery; plastic materials for packaging not included in other classes, namely, plastic bags for packaging, plastic bubble packs for wrapping or packaging, food wrapping plastic film for household use. Agricultural, horticultural and forestry products and grains not included in other classes, namely, seeds for agricultural purposes, seeds for horticultural purposes, seeds for forestry purposes, plant seeds; natural plants and flowers.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-TP | Phase: KBBE.2012.3.1-01 | Award Amount: 11.66M | Year: 2012

The goal of WATBIO is to use the power of next generation sequencing to develop an accelerated route for producing new germplasm with enhanced drought tolerance whilst maintaining biomass productivity and quality in water scarce, marginal environments unsuitable for food crops. This will be achieved for three non-food crops (Populus, Miscanthus and Arundo), suitable for growth on water scarce, marginal lands, through a 5-year translational research project. Populus and Miscanthus germplasm with increased drought tolerance will be produced within WATBIO whilst for Arundo its genetic diversity will be assessed and breeding tools developed. Twenty-two multidisciplinary partners (14 academics, and 7 SMEs) spanning the whole value chain for crop production will collectively achieve this innovation by 1) identifying key molecular, cellular and physiological traits for the maintenance of biomass production, lignocellulosic quality and water use efficiency in water-scarce environments; 2) linking these traits through modelling to underlying key genes, proteins and metabolite networks; 3) utilising a wide range of germplasm for screening in phenotyping platforms and field measurements at multiple sites to test importance of genotype x environment interactions in determining traits; 4) using sequence based gene expression data, identify 40 genes related to drought tolerance for testing proof of concept using GM approach; and 5) using sequence-based data for genome wide association and genetical genomic approaches, link physiology to traits of high heritability and to underlying genes. WATBIO will transfer knowledge of commercial significance using its industrial partners and stakeholders enabling the deployment of biotechnology to boost European competitiveness, without the necessity of GM. Through workshops, seminars and exchanges, WATBIO will train the next generation of multi-disciplinary professionals in the area of biomass crop production on marginal lands.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: KBBE-2007-3-1-02;KBBE-2007-3-1-01 | Award Amount: 7.66M | Year: 2008

With oil reserves diminishing and the effects of industrial emissions on global climate, there is a need for renewable carbon-neutral industrial feedstocks. First generation biorefineries, producing biofuels and bioplastics by the fermentation of sugar or starch, are seeing a rapid expansion and are adding stress to food supplies. A more sustainable option is to use plant biomass from agricultural by-products, or dedicated biomass crops. Plant biomass is underutilized, abundant and composed mostly of cell wall polysaccharides. Conversion of these polysaccharides to sugars will provide cheap and abundant raw materials for industrial biotechnology. The use of plant biomass in this way is hampered by the high cost of saccharification due to the recalcitrance of cell walls to enzymatic hydrolysis. RENEWALL aims to find ways to overcome this technical bottleneck by identifying and modifying the structural features of plant cell walls that make them difficult to process. Our partnership brings together outstanding biologists, chemists, and enzymologists, as well as industrialists from the plant breeding and biotechnology sectors, from Europe and the USA who can together take an integrated multidisciplinary approach to solving this fundamental problem. Combining genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and systems approaches, we will achieve a step-change in our understanding of the biosynthesis of the major components of plant biomass, namely; lignin, cellulose and matrix polysaccharides. Using state-of-the-art and novel analytical methods we will determine the basis of the recalcitrance of plant biomass to saccharification. Combining these approaches, we will identify new genes that can be manipulated to improve the ease and yield of biomass saccharification and will generate rational approaches for improving the quality of plant biomass as an industrial feedstock

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: KBBE-2007-3-1-02 | Award Amount: 4.14M | Year: 2008

Green plants application is being promoted through different European directives, which aim to achieve 5.75% of liquid fuel supply by 2010 and 20% by 2020. Liquid fuels derived from cellulosic biomass offer an important alternative to conventional energy sources to reduce Europes dependence on fossil fuels. Trees are attractive dedicated energy crops because they display a wide range of growth habits and can be grown on marginal lands unsuited to other agricultural crops including energy grasses, with reduced input costs and optimised land management. ENERGYPOPLAR is designed to develop domesticated energy poplars having both desirable cell-wall traits and high biomass yield under sustainable low-input conditions to be used as a source of lignocellulosic feedstock for bioethanol. ENERGYPOPLAR will (i) Provide a better understanding of fundamental mechanisms determining optimised yield in Populus (ii) Understand mechanisms that regulate the synthesis of cell wall polysaccharides (iii) Provide a better understanding of lignocellulosic quality and in a particular the genetic and genomic basis of high cellulose trees linked to alterations in the quality and quantity of lignin (iv) Develop high thoughput assays for lignocellulosic quality and lignocellulose saccharification potential (v) Establish a platform for rapid genes discovery and testing using systems biology approaches to identify novel transcripts for traits of interest (vi) Develop a delivery pipeline for improved genotypes for ENERGYPOPLAR trees, with traits of interest and begin the process of commercialisation (vii) Establish a tool for environmental sustainability assessments of SRC Populus growing systems (viii) Disseminate the results and transfer technology to the energy industry, land-based sector and to appropriate policy makers

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