Ensuring food security for an ever-growing population is one of the most significant challenges facing humanity.
A new pan-European research programme entitled CerealPath: "Cereal Pathology — training in innovative and integrated control of cereal diseases" involving 22 academic, industry and agency partners from 8 countries, lead by University College Dublin, will address this critical challenge.
Through CerealPath, a team of multi-disciplinary and multi-national researchers will bring their expertise to bear on some of the most pressing issues surrounding crop production. Projects will investigate thematic areas, including gene discovery and breeding, biological and bioactive disease control and trade-off and pathogen evolution.
"This is a very exciting project and we look forward addressing some of the most pressing issues surrounding European and global food security while simultaneously providing world class training and education to our Early Stage Researchers", says Professor Fiona Doohan of University College Dublin, the co-ordinator institution for CerealPath.
A key aspect of the CEREALPATH programme is researcher mobility, combined with extensive academic-industry collaboration, to provide cutting-edge innovation and research training. The training programme benefits from the expertise of the programme partners and their world-class knowledge and facilities.
The Programme is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action.