Grant for applied plant research at SILS
The SILS research group “RNA Biology & Applied Bioinformatics (RB&AB)” was granted ~300 k€ by the government Top Sector Horticulture and Propagation Materials.
In a collaboration with ten seed breeding companies, united in the “Virtual Lab for Plant Breeding” (VLPB) association, RB&AB will perform an inventory of all small-RNAs in the economically relevant crops: tomato, sugar beet, cucumber, potato, bell pepper and melon. The recently discovered small-RNAs offer the potential for innovative plant breeding.
The VLPB focusses on the development of pre-competitive ICT infrastructure that allows storage, integration, and usage of plant genomics data and information for plant breeding R&D. The current VLPB association members are:
- Rijk Zwaan
- Bejo Zaden
- C. Meijer
- Averis Zaden
- East-West Seed
- Bayer CropScience
- Ses van der Have
- Syngenta Seeds