Concept

UNTWIST will use the resilient European oilseed crop camelina in a multidisciplinary approach to decipher the diverse heat and drought stress response mechanisms associated with genetic diversity and use this knowledge to establish predictive models for the tangible improvement of cropping systems.

Specifically:

  • A diverse set of cultivars with variable responses to climate extremes are used to decipher genetic and epigenetic responses to environmental change.
  • Greenhouse and on-farm field-based phenotyping will be applied to characterize heat and drought resilience and local adaptation of camelina genotypes across multiple European locations.
  • In-depth systems-based (e.g. physiology, morphology, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics & enzyme profiling) approaches will be used to capture the nuanced changes that drive physiological adaptation.
  • Combined data will be integrated into predictive models of plant adaptation to environmental change, enabling the development of optimized agronomic management.
  • A Knowledge Hub will translate and disseminate the discoveries into practical know-how for multiple stakeholders in agriculture.

Photo: INRAE AgroParis Tech

Untwist concept
INRAE & AGROPARIS TECH

Deciphering camelina (epi) genetic diversity

UNTWIST will decipher the available genetic diversity in camelina utilising a large camelina collection, thereby providing an opportunity to investigate the genetic basis of the camelina resilience. Furthermore, a new recombinant population will be screened and epigenetic marks will be obtained from selected lines under stress conditions and for stress.

Contact person
Jean-Denis Faure – jean-denis.faure@agroparistech.fr

Alma Mater Universita di Bologna

Field trials and phenotyping under stressful conditions

UNTWIST will identify the most suitable camelina genotypes for cultivation under condition of abiotic stress thorough phenotyping in open field and in controlled environments.

Contact person
Andrea Monti – a.monti@unibo.it

Rothamsted research

Sample analysis: Unravelling camelina abiotic stress response mechanisms

UNTWIST will use multiple high-throughput analytical approaches to characterise the dynamic multi-layered response mechanisms of camelina to abiotic stress.

Contact person
Richard Haslam – richard.haslam@rothamsted.ac.uk

Inrae

Joining the dots: Network analysis and modelling

UNTWIST will study the links between metabolism and plant performance by integrating datasets ranging from genomics and gene expression profiles to yield.

Contact person
Yves Gibon – yves.gibon@inrae.fr

Camelina Company Spain

Management strategies to improve camelina

UNTWIST will identify optimized agronomic management strategies for different relevant European cropping systems in four different countries (Spain, Italy, France & UK). Each agronomic management will include specific tailor-made strategies for relevant conditions in combination with the most suitable camelina lines.

Contact person
Yuri Herreras Yambanis – yhy@camelinacompany.es

Jülich Forschungszentrum

Sample and data management and knowledge hub set-up

UNTWIST will organize proper sample identification and data management as well as data tracking, and furthermore will establish a  Plant Adaptation Hub.

Contact person
Björn Usadel – b.usadel@fz-juelich.de

Dissemination, exploitation and communication

UNTWIST will communicate, exploit and disseminate on mechanisms of crop adaption to environmental changes and the effectiveness of UNTWIST strategies to develop climate sensitive models for crop performance.

Contact person
Maider Goñi Suberviola – mgoni@iniciativas-innovadoras.es

Austrian Institute of Technology

Consortium coordination and project management

UNTWIST will guarantee targeted and efficient implementation of the project towards the objectives and the overall administration and management of the project.

Contact person
Claudia Jonak – claudia.jonak@ait.ac.at

Austrian Institute of Technology

Ethics requirements

UNTWIST will set out the ‘ethics requirements’ that the project must comply with.

Contact person
Claudia Jonak – claudia.jonak@ait.ac.at

WP1
INRAE & AGROPARIS TECH

Deciphering camelina (epi) genetic diversity

UNTWIST will decipher the available genetic diversity in camelina utilising a large camelina collection, thereby providing an opportunity to investigate the genetic basis of the camelina resilience. Furthermore, a new recombinant population will be screened and epigenetic marks will be obtained from selected lines under stress conditions and for stress.

Contact person
Jean-Denis Faure – jean-denis.faure@agroparistech.fr

WP2
Alma Mater Universita di Bologna

Field trials and phenotyping under stressful conditions

UNTWIST will identify the most suitable camelina genotypes for cultivation under condition of abiotic stress thorough phenotyping in open field and in controlled environments.

Contact person
Andrea Monti – a.monti@unibo.it

WP3
Rothamsted research

Sample analysis: Unravelling camelina abiotic stress response mechanisms

UNTWIST will use multiple high-throughput analytical approaches to characterise the dynamic multi-layered response mechanisms of camelina to abiotic stress.

Contact person
Richard Haslam – richard.haslam@rothamsted.ac.uk

WP4
Inrae

Joining the dots: Network analysis and modelling

UNTWIST will study the links between metabolism and plant performance by integrating datasets ranging from genomics and gene expression profiles to yield.

Contact person
Yves Gibon – yves.gibon@inrae.fr

WP5
Camelina Company Spain

Management strategies to improve camelina

UNTWIST will identify optimized agronomic management strategies for different relevant European cropping systems in four different countries (Spain, Italy, France & UK). Each agronomic management will include specific tailor-made strategies for relevant conditions in combination with the most suitable camelina lines.

Contact person
Yuri Herreras Yambanis – yhy@camelinacompany.es

WP6
Jülich Forschungszentrum

Sample and data management and knowledge hub set-up

UNTWIST will organize proper sample identification and data management as well as data tracking, and furthermore will establish a  Plant Adaptation Hub.

Contact person
Björn Usadel – b.usadel@fz-juelich.de

WP7

Dissemination, exploitation and communication

UNTWIST will communicate, exploit and disseminate on mechanisms of crop adaption to environmental changes and the effectiveness of UNTWIST strategies to develop climate sensitive models for crop performance.

Contact person
Maider Goñi Suberviola – mgoni@iniciativas-innovadoras.es

WP8
Austrian Institute of Technology

Consortium coordination and project management

UNTWIST will guarantee targeted and efficient implementation of the project towards the objectives and the overall administration and management of the project.

Contact person
Claudia Jonak – claudia.jonak@ait.ac.at

WP9
Austrian Institute of Technology

Ethics requirements

UNTWIST will set out the ‘ethics requirements’ that the project must comply with.

Contact person
Claudia Jonak – claudia.jonak@ait.ac.at