UPSC Berzelii Centre for Forest Biotechnology
|Coordinator||Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet - Institutionen för skoglig genetik och växtfysiologi|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 30 000 000|
|Project duration||January 2009 - December 2011|
Purpose and goal
To strengthen the research environment and enhance the quality of basic research at UPSC through intensified collaborations and use of technical platforms. To make the transition from identifying candidate genes controlling important biological processes using genomics to identifying the detailed molecular function of these genes as well as on a broader more holistic systems biology level. To further strengthen the innovation system and make the transition from basic research to commercial applications easier and more efficient through even better interactions and communication with industry manifested through common development projects.
Expected results and effects
The goal is to develop the research environment at UPSC to the worlds most innovative milieu where top-class basic research in plant science is transformed into new innovations with commercial potential.
Planned approach and implementation
24 different research groups at the Umeå Plant Science Centre form the UPSC Centre for Forest Biotechnology. The research groups are organized in three ´Task forces´ where their complementary expertise help to solve basic biological questions within areas relevant for the forest industries. Within the task forces collaboration projects with industry will be performed, such as, for instance, the development of new environmental-friendlly fertilization techniques, clonal forestry and plantations of hybrid aspens and poplars.