Principal investigators: Dr. Rajeev Gupta, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT); Dr. Tina Barsby, National Institute of Agricultural Botany
Associated with: ICRISAT, NIAB, SLCU, UCAM, PAU, NIPGR
The Cambridge India Network for Translational Research in Nitrogen (CINTRIN), a multi-million dollars consortium of eight partners (NIAB, UCAM, SLCU, ADAS, KisanHub from UK and ICRISAT, PAU, NIPGR from India), is led by ICRISAT and funded by BBSRC/Newton Fund UK and DBT, India. The overarching aim of CINTRIN is to improve not only the income and livelihood of farmers by reducing the inputs cost, but also to save the environment by minimizing the negative impacts of excessive use of nitrogenous fertilizers. The CINTRIN is following a multi-pronged approach to target this complex trait. The natural variation for N use efficiency is currently being studied in diverse germplasm of wheat, sorghum, pearl millet, and foxtail millet. The CINTRIN will also use model plants such as Arabidopsis and Brachypodium for basic research which will be transferred into crops in future by using modern translational genomics technologies. In addition, CINTRIN will help in capacity building and prime the long term scientific relationship of ICRISAT and other Indian partners with those in the UK by exchange visits of scientists/students, seminars, scientific meetings, workshops, exchange of technologies etc. The CINTRIN will also act as a primer and catalyst for attracting more competitive funding. The CINTRIN launch in 2016 was widely covered by more than 100 print/social/electronic publication media across globe especially in UK and India.