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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2019-11-01 - 2022-10-31

Genomic Selection (GS) has become a promising tool for enhancing gain by selection in plant and animal breeding. Still unsolved challenges remain, particularly to deal with disease resistance traits that are simultaneously governed by large effect, often epistatic genes and small effect, additive genes. Standard GS handles additive effects well, but has difficulties with epistatic gene effects. That is the core idea behind this project. By taking wheat as a case, we will apply our concept of intelligent genomic selection to two of the most devastating plant diseases affecting European wheat production - FHB and stripe rust. An interdisciplinary research environment will be sought by combining world-leading expertise in statistical modeling with leading groups in plant genomics and plant pathology and active collaboration with plant breeding companies. The project will as well provide training of postdocs and PhD students.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2020-11-01 - 2024-10-31

The upPE-T project aims upcycling recalcitrant oil-based plastics by bioconversion into biodegradable bioplastic for food and drink packaging production. Plastic packaging, which make up nearly 60% of the total plastic waste in Europe, is highly problematic from a waste management- and environmental- point of view due to their durability and resistance to degradation. Polyethylene (PE) and Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) are the leading plastic use in food and drink packaging (43% PE and 19% PET). The sustainable management of this plastic waste has become a very challenging problem for global society. In upPE-T we will include sustainable strategies as an alternative for plastic chemical degradation. The consortium will improve PE and PET depolymerization through enzymatic engineering to positively impact food and drink packaging recycling rate and achieving the European Union expected impact. In upPE-T we will turn PE and PET waste streams via enzymatic degradation and microbial assimilation into raw material for the production of biodegradable bioplastics. Finally, together with customers and food and drink brand owners, bio-based end-packaging will be demonstrated and validated to ensure fast market deployment. Additionally, in order to ensure 100% of PE and PET recyclability, plastic rejections not optimal for microbial bioconversion into bioplastics will be valorized by their use in building applications instead of be sent to incineration or landfilling.

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