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Biostimulant alternative casing for a sustainable and profitable mushroom industry

Objective

The mushroom sector is an excellent example of circular economy to provide high quality protein from crop substrate based on bio-based agricultural wastes. Productivity is however highly sensitive to several biotic disorders among which fungal parasites are responsible for major crop losses. Although chemical fungicides have been historically employed to fight mycoparasites, regulatory limitations for mushroom growers and increasing consumer awareness are urgently requesting solutions to overcome fungicide dependence.
Bacterial strains isolated in a previous research from the casing layer employed in mushroom cultivation have proved to selectively suppress germination and development of most harmful mycoparasites, while additionally selected microbiota proved to work as mushroom growth promoting microorganisms. This project aims to develop a tailor-made solution for the mushroom sector where a peat-free casing soil (peat is an unsustainably sourced on which the sector is highly dependent to produce the peat-based casing employed nowadays) will serve as carrier for the selected microbiota that will act as crop biostimulant. This solution will be validated industrially by 4 different mushroom farms across the EU which integrate all the European cropping systems.

BIOSCHAMP will generate a solution to improve industrial profitability while reducing the agronomical need for pesticides by 90%. Additionally, BIOSCHAMP solution will introduce innovation within the industry that will lead to create jobs in low populated rural areas and to secure long-term viability of the sector while complying with regulatory restrictions for chemical fungicides and peat-based materials.

To accomplish these ambitious goals, the BIOSCHAMP project features a multidisciplinary consortium representing a complete picture of the European mushroom sector and associated industry with high priority given to mushroom growers noteworthy lead by a growers association.

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2020-1
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

ASOCIACION PROFESIONAL DE PRODUCTORES DE SUSTRATOS Y HONGOS DE LA RIOJA NAVARRA Y ARAGON
Address
Carretera Calahorra Km 4
26560 Autol
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 849 167,50

Participants (11)

INAGRO, PROVINCIAAL EXTERN VERZELFSTANDIGD AGENTSCHAP IN PRIVAATRECHTELIJKE VORM VZW
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 433 310
Address
Ieperseweg 87
8800 Rumbeke Roselare
Activity type
Research Organisations
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 596 171,25
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 172 562,50
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
FERTINAGRO BIOTECH SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 389 812,50
Address
Calle Berlin Poligono La Paz 185
44195 Teruel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EKOFUNGI DOO
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 66 631,25
Address
Zrenjaninski Put Bb
11213 Belgrade
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EURIZON SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 112 775,25
Address
Calle Antonio Lopez 249 1 Local E2
28041 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EUROCHAMP SAT
Spain
EU contribution
€ 129 638,25
Address
Ctra Calahorra Km 1, S/n
26560 Autol
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KEKKILA-BVB RESEARCH CENTER BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 201 334
Address
Coldenhovelaan 10
2678 PS De Lier
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NF FIBRE BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 143 981,25
Address
Oostwijk 25
5406 XT Uden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KIWALA LUKASZ
Poland
EU contribution
€ 103 993,75
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 488 162,50
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments