Symposium on Sunflower and Climate Change

The International Symposium on Sunflower and Climate Change was organized in the frame of the SUNRISE project, by INRA Toulouse (Institut National de Recherche en Agronomie) and the French technical c...

In brief

In an unprecedented effort - 8 years project, investment of €21m, 16 partners including 9 public laboratories with a specific investment of INRA, 6 companies involved in sunflower breeding and the ...

The Project

In a context of climate changes and of world increasing demand for oilseed production, it is crucial to improve resistance to drought and yields of sunflower crops in such conditions. To improve ge...

Activities and Work Package

SUNRISE objectives will be reached through an integrative approach that will comprise ten work packages dedicated to:

  • WP1: An efficient public-private partnership and professional project management organizing the public-private partnership with the flexibility needed for a long project in a fast evolving domain ;
  • WP2: Provide optimized genetic resources to decipher and further validate the mechanisms involved in oil yield stability under water constraints ;
  • WP3: Benefit from high throughput and innovative technologies ti describe the genetic polymorphism ;
  • WP4: Phenotype at different scales – from field plot to molecular characterization - sunflower hybrids for the oil yield stability and related traits under water constraints ;
  • WP5: Plant and crop forward and reverse modeling ;
  • WP6: Identification of genetic and molecular factors involved in mechanisms underlying oil yield stability of sunflower hybrids under water constraints ;
  • WP7: Provide the partners with bioinformatics tools and information technology expertise to deal with large and heterogeneous data set ;
  • WP8: Analyze the socio-economical impacts of the targeted sunflower ideotypes ;
  • WP9: Validation and fine characterization of loci involved in environmental adaptation of hybrids ;
  • WP10: Apply the tools and the knowledge in ongoing breeding programs, dissemination and training of the outcome