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SME Specific MeasuresQuality of Life and Management of Living Resources

Exploratory Award

Proposal number EXAW-1999-01089

AcronymWHEAT - QUEST

Proposal titleWHEAT - QUALITY EFFECTS OF STRESS TREATMENTS, THEIR MANIPULATION

AND CONTROL.

Abstract90 MILLION TONNES OF WHEAT ARE GROWN IN THE EU PER YEAR BUT THE

QUALITY OF THEWHEAT IS AFFECTED BY ENVIRONMENTAL STRESS FACTORS

EXPERIENCED BY THE GROWING CROP.ADVERSE QUALITY EFFECTS MAY

REDUCE THE MARKETABILITY OF GRAIN FOR PREMIUM GRADEUSE SUCH AS

BREAD MAKING AND STARCH PRODUCTION. GRAIN OF IMPROVED QUALITY

COULDREPLACE GRAIN IMPORTED INTO THE EU.  BY DETERMINING THE

PATHWAYS AND SIGNALS OFSTRESS TRANSMISSION WITHIN A GROWING

WHEAT PLANT, AND BY UNDERSTANDING HOW THEYAFFECT GENETICALLY

CONTROLLED SWITCHES IN THE PLANT, PRE-TREATMENTS MAY BE DEVISED

THAT WOULD ENABLE THE PLANT TO WITHSTAND ENVIRONMENTAL

STRESSES LIKELY TO OCCURDURING THE SEASON. ALTERNATIVELY,

TREATMENTS COULD BE APPLIED AFTER THE STRESSESHAD BEEEN

EXPERIENCED IN ORDER TO MOLLIFY THE EFFECTS ON GRAIN QUALITY.   BY

MONITORING THE ENVIRONMENTAL GROWING CONDITIONS IN THE FIELD, A

FARMER MAY BE ABLEI'O COUNTERACT THE EFFECTS OF STRESSES BEFORE

DAMAGE IS DONE.

Key ActionQOL-5.   Key action Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Start date6/07/2000End date6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 projectRTD Project (Collaborative Research)Duration Exploratory Phase6 months

SME CoordinatorMR PHILIP WALLACECompany sizeS3

LEVINGTON AGRICULTURE LTD

LEVINGTON PARK

IP10 0LU - IPSWICH

SUFFOLK

United Kingdom

Phone: 441473654906

Fax: 441473659025

Email: phil.wallace@farmline.com

SME Proposer(s)

MIERIJ METEO B.V.The NetherlandsS3

Profile of partners for joining the project

Business areas73-L - Research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering

1 - Agriculture, hunting and related service activities

15 - Manufacture of food products and beverages

CommentsRESEARCH ORGANISATIONS THAT WORK FOR THE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE

INDUSTRIES ARE SOUGHT TO CARRY OUT THE RESEARCH REQUIRED. FOOD

PROCESSING PARTNERS ARE REQUIRED FROM THE FLOUR MILLING AND

STARCH INDUSTRIES

Last update18/6/2001

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