Biologist Professor Rita Groß-Hardt receives the EIC Transition Grant from the European Research Council. In the project " 3P-Tec - Three-parent breeding technology for plants of the future", the scientist and her team, together with plant breeders KWS and Aardevo, want to establish three-parent crosses as a new breeding strategy for agriculture. In 2017, Groß-Hardt and her team demonstrated for the first time that plant eggs can fuse with two sperm to produce offspring with three parents instead of two - a mother and two fathers. This groundbreaking research result makes it possible to harness climate-adapted wild plants for plant breeding and accelerate breeding processes. The EIC Transition Grant that has now been awarded will support Groß-Hardt and her collaboration partners in further developing the technology and bringing it to market.