Breeding for economically and environmentally sustainable maize varieties: an integrated approach from genomics to selection
AMAIZING is designed to support the competitiveness of the French maize breeding sector as well as to meet society demand for sustainability and quality.
This ambitious project developed over a period of height years for a total investment of 27.5 million Euros by 24 partners has received a 9M€ grant from the French Stimulus Initiative. It brings together 14 public research units from various INRA sites across France as well as 9 partners from private companies and cooperatives, and 1 technical institute.
In an unprecedented effort, Amaizing will combine genetics, genomics, and ecophysiology analyses with high throughput phenotyping and genotyping to perform association studies and identify markers and candidate genes responsible for traits of agronomic interest such as yield, quality and tolerance to abiotic stress. The project will therefore bring knowledge, and breeding methods for creation of new varieties of improved maize.