UNTWIST is a unique, highly interdisciplinary consortium of four research organizations / institutes, one university, one commercial SME partner and two non-profit SMEs.
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (AIT), Austria
AIT as overall project co-ordinator is Austria’s largest non-university research institute with a leading role in innovation. With 1400+ employees in eight centres, AIT connects research and industry at national and international levels by providing new technologies and tools in response to society’s Grand Challenges. The Bioresources Unit is active in the areas of improvement of plant quality and vigour, plant genetic resources, microbe-assisted crop production, microbial genome mining & strain improvement and environmental pathogen detection. The research field “Improvement of Plant Quality and Vigour” applies complementary approaches to unravel novel stress tolerance mechanisms and to identify genotypes with desired, complex traits such as vigour and drought resistance.
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRAE), France
The French national Agronomical Institute (INRAE), ranked as the No. 1 agricultural institute in Europe and No. 2 globally, conducts mission-oriented research for better food and nutrition, preservation of the environment and competitive, sustainable agricultural practices. The Plant Biology and Breeding division (INRA-BAP) undertakes research to produce fundamental and operational knowledge on the functioning of plants interacting with their environment, and to integrate this knowledge for optimized operation of agrosystems.
AgroParisTech is a higher education and research institution ranked 3rd at the European level and 4th at the global level by the QS Ranking for the subject “Agriculture and Forestry” and 12th in Agricultural Sciences by the Shanghai Ranking’s global ranking of academic subjects 2020 (as member of being component institution of Université Paris-Saclay) The institute offers high level training for Master of Science in Engineering, Master of Science and PhD students as well as lifelong learning programs, while focusing on research and innovation In 2020.
INRAe-AgroParisTech Versailles provides to UNTWIST several camelina accessions used in the project for WP1 and manages the core collection on which the project is based on. INRAe-AgroParisTech has developped recombinant populations that will be used to identify new camelina lines with enhanced stress tolerance . These lines will be used as a mitigation risk in case of low diversity of the core collection provided at the start of the project but also to validate the predictive models developped in UNTWIST project.
INRAE Bordeaux will lead WP4 of the UNTWIST project and will provide to UNTWIST targeted and untargeted metabolomic and enzymatic data on the core collection and/or on fruits of the focus lines. INRAE Bordeaux will then use their expertise in modelling to construct top-down models on the core collection to predict, yield, oil yield and further traits of interest from metabolomic data. INRAE Bordeaux will also construct genome-scale metabolic models on the focus lines to unravel mechanisms involved in stress resistance.
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Rothamsted Research (RRes), United Kingdom
RRes is publicly funded institute acknowledged as a UK centre of excellence for plant and crop research and is widely recognised for its world-class interdisciplinary research in agricultural sciences. The campus at RRes includes an experimental farm and field-based phenotyping facility. Research on site explores new ways to improve yields, the efficiency of resources, stress tolerance and the nutritional and economic value of crops. RRes contains a vibrant lipid research group in the Department of Plant Science with access to analytical techniques via the Plant Lipidomics Unit (Haslam & Michaelson). The Plant Lipidomic facility at RRes is a unique resource in the UK and has generated internationally recognised scientific impact.
RRes provides on one campus the ability test camelina in real-world agricultural cropping systems with automated monitoring, grow plants in regulated environments, undertaking complex sample handling and complete high throughput sample processing and analytics. The capacity to complete field to laboratory testing therefore underpins the RRes contribution to UNTWIST.
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (FZJ), Germany
The Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH is one of the largest research centres in Europe. Besides focusing on research in structure of matter, energy, and information technology and life sciences, it also focuses on scientific research on dynamic processes in the environment that govern biogeosystem performance in the future. Co-operation beyond the boundaries of a special subject is the basic strategy of the Research Centre.
FZJ will contribute to data annotation and cleaning; It will provide novel reference sequences for camelina and provide epigenetic mark analysis, and analyse transcriptomics data. It will safeguard both the provision and use consistent IDs and develop a data management plan. FZJ will link in public data and be dedicated to develop the IT underpinnings of the UNTWIST knowledge hub.
University of Bologna (UNIBO), Italy
The University of Bologna has been hosting prominent figures from science and the arts. Being Research and Innovation a major academic priority, the University of Bologna has long-standing experience in coordinating and participating in European research and academic cooperation projects, forging alliances with industries and public/private organizations, and being a hub of several international networks. The mission is to foster the adoption of profitable, environmentally sound, and socially responsive agricultural systems. With regard to Innovation, UNIBO has an extensive portfolio of over 370 patents related to more than 140 inventions, 20 patented plant varieties. UNIBO will be represented by the Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences (DISTAL) which includes 141 professors and research scientists and 110 technicians.
UNIBO will carry out the phenotyping activities both in open field and in the lysimeter station. It will also contribute helping in creating and defining the camelina core collection, as well identifying the optimized agronomic management for camelina as a winter double crop for northern Mediterranean environments.
Camelina Company España S.L. (CCE), Spain
CAMELINA COMPANY (CCE), created in 2010, is today a leading camelina breeder for innovative double crop schemes and one of the largest camelina planting seed producers worldwide. We have developed a value chain in arid regions in Spain, going from variety development to high quality planting seed production. We also have extensive camelina know-how along the whole value chain, having invested +12M€ in R&D and cultivated over 40,000 ha. Additionally, we have validated camelina value chain and products, processing and selling +20,000 MT to key players in the biofuels (oil) and animal feed (meal) industry.
CCE is the project partner with know-how and expertise in the deployment and exploitation of a fully integrated camelina value chain. CCE will lead with the optimization of a diverse set camelina cropping schemes in Europe and will participate with it camelina varieties as well in the field trials in Spain. CCE will also collaborate in the exploitation and dissemination of UNTWIST’s results, focusing on the farmer side as well as the European seed industry.
Iniciativas Innovadoras (INI), Spain
Iniciativas Innovadoras is a consultancy company specialized in promoting innovation and facilitating cooperation as key factors in the development of organisations. INI has broad experience in different EU Programmes (Interreg III and IV, Leonardo da Vinci, FP6, FP7, ERDF Innovative Actions, ESF Article 6, Equal, Intelligent Energy, Eco-innovation, ICT-PSP, etc.), participating either as full partner or supporting public and private organizations. Only in the last three years, INI has participated in 30+ projects in different topics. INI has also participated in technical activities related to innovation in different fields, i.e. stakeholder identification and involvement, diagnosis and benchmarking, business inventories, as well as methodology design and development for different activities.
INI will lead with dissemination, exploitation & communication, producing the dissemination strategy and materials following the common DGAgri format.
RTDS Association, Austria
RTDS Association (RTDS) is a non-profit SME supporting the implementation of EU research & innovation projects to optimise use of the results for maximum impact. RTDS provides professional management of dissemination, communication and exploitation (DEC) in a range of areas: food, nutrition and agriculture, forestry and associated processing technologies, manufacturing but also renewable energy, transport and related social sciences. RTDS draws from extensive experience and expertise in IPR management, business plan development, communication, PR and dissemination activities and training. Not pursuing ownership of research results, RTDS objectively manages all DEC and innovation processes in collaborative projects to develop business models and exploitation plans in the interest of all involved partners. Dissemination and communication planning are then optimised to support the exploitation strategy. RTDS participates in ten H2020 / BBI-JU projects, five of which as Coordinator.
RTDS participates in the project management of UNTWIST and leads the Exploitation Management Task on Work package 7 (Dissemination, Exploitation, Communication).