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BoostCrop - Boosting Crop Growth using Natural Product and Synthesis Enabled Solar Harvesting

Funding : European Union/Horizon 2020/Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)
Keywords : Molecular heaters, bio-based molecules, cold stress, crops yield
Dates : January 2019 - December 2022


One of the major challenges of the 21st century is feeding the constantly growing world population. This requires an increase in agricultural and horticultural production, while the quality and quantity of arable land is rapidly declining. It is therefore crucial to increase both the yield of many important crops and the number of geographical locations suitable for agriculture.
An important aspect requiring innovative solutions is the cold stress of plants. Low temperatures and frost damage reduce crop yield, prevent crops from growing at higher altitudes, and limit the growing season and thus the yield of arable land.
The Boostcrop consortium will develop so-called molecular temperature controllers that can improve the germination and growth processes of plants. These molecules prevent cold stress, and the concept is to eventually formulate them in a spray to improve crop growth at low temperatures.

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AgroParisTech scientists : Pr. Florent Allais (URD ABI), Dr. Cédric Peyrot (URD ABI), Amandine Flourat (URD ABI), Aurélien Péru (URD ABI), Fanny Brunissen (URD ABI)

Partners : University of Warwick (coordinator) ; Aix Marseille Université ; AgroParisTech ; Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (BFR - the scientific agency for toxicological research in Germany) ; PlantResponse Biotech ; Radboud University ; University of Amsterdam ; University of Bristol

"This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 828753"

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