Plant DNA tolerance

Project Code: 
European Commission
FP7 The Seventh Framework Programme FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IRSES International Research Staff Exchange Scheme

Aberystwyth University
United Kingdom, King Street, Old College, Aberystwyth, SY23 2AX

Members (besides SibFU): 
  • Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (Germany)
  • Institute of Plant Genetics and (Slovakia)
  • Institute of Experimental Botany of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
  • M. G. Kholodny Institute of Botany of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
  • Institute of Cell Biology and Genetic Engineering, National Academy of Sciences Ukraine
  • Belarusian State University
  • All Russian Research Institute for Silviculture and Mechanization of Forestry

Contact Person in SibFU:
Yuliya Putintseva
Genome Research and Education Center
Center for Forest Protection
50a/2 Akademgorodok, Krasnoyarsk 660036, Russia
+7 (913) 527-79-96

Project Objectives: 

Anthropogenic activities continue to impact the environment causing soil and ground water contamination. persistent especially where heavy metals and radioactive substances have been released. Ecological problems can be caused both by breakdowns (e.g. Chernobyl incident, Fukushima Atomic Station), and by mining plants activity.

Plants adapt to chronic radiation and heavy metal contamination as demonstrated by re-colonization of polluted areas. This project aims to understand the basic principles of protective mechanisms and how such pollution affects the stability of the genome. We propose to establish a research network to evaluate and exploit unique resources in
the Chernobyl zone and in mining sites (Wales, UK) as “open area” laboratories for studying how changes of DNA are coordinated with internal cellular networks during plant response to these pollutants. We use a combination of genetic, cell biological, molecular and evolutionary strategies. Part of the project is devoted to crop plants and their ability to grow in contaminated sites with the idea to increase productivity and safety. For the first time, eight research teams with complementary experience in radiation and other plant stresses will cooperate for solving the common for Europe problem of survival in contaminated nature. The project will provide the insights on an increasingly detailed knowledge of the regulatory mechanisms for plant stress tolerance and gives an opportunity to see how the problems of Chernobyl and other contaminated places could be solved by scientists and what could be done in order to secure human life against environmental pollution.

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