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Improving nutrient efficiency in major European food, feed and biofuel crops to reduce the negative environmental impact of crop production

Objective

The MAIN AIM of the proposed integrating project NUE-CROPS is to develop knowledge, models and tools required to (a) breed/select NUTRIENT USE EFFICIENT (NUE) CROPS and (b) integrate NUE-crops with AGRONOMIC INNOVATIONS to significantly reduce fertiliser use and associated negative environmental impacts of crop production, while maintaining or improving crop yield and quality. The consortium includes 10 academic centres of excellence and 3 large breeding companies in 6 EU member states, China (an ICPC region) and the USA. The strategic CONCEPTS/OBJECTIVES of NUE-CROPS are to support the: 1. DEVELOPMENT OF NUE-VARIETIES of 4 MAJOR EUROPEAN CROPS (wheat, oilseed rape, potato, maize) for different MACROCLIMATIC REGIONS. This will be based on (a) classical QTL identification methods, (b) association genetics approaches, (c) gene expression profiling (and where appropriate proteomic, metabolomic analyses and/or analytical transformation analyses) and (d) whole plant physiological studies. R&D activities will focus on the 4 major crops species, but deliverables from studies with model plants/crops (Arabidopsis, Brassica rapa, barley) will be used as “genetic bridges” for the genetically complex crops wheat and oilseed rape. 2. INTEGRATION of NUE-CROPS with INNOVATIVE MANAGEMENT approaches (e.g. improved fertilisation regimes, rotational designs, winter cover crop use and, tillage systems). This will be based on: (a) field experiments to evaluate the impact of NUE crops under contrasting agronomic scenarios and (b) the construction/validation of models/algorithms for nutrient budgeting/precision farming systems 3. To ESTABLISH an EFFICIENT TRAINING and DISSEMINATION programme aimed at rapid exploitation and application of project deliverables in commercial crop production.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/plant breeding/crops/oleaginous plant

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2007-2A
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
Address
Kings Gate
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 565 696
Administrative Contact
Nicola Place (Ms.)

Participants (14)

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 667 625
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Van Beem (Mr.)
GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAT GOTTINGENSTIFTUNG OFFENTLICHEN RECHTS
Germany
EU contribution
€ 303 000
Address
Wilhelmsplatz 1
37073 Gottingen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kurt Von Figura (Prof.)
AGROBIOINSTITUTE
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 200 000
Address
Bul. Dragan Tzankov 8
1164 Sofia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nikolai Christov (Dr.)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Participation ended

Denmark
EU contribution
€ 4 750,22
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nanna Brandt (Ms.)
FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR BIOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU STIFTUNG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 201 000
Address
Ackerstrasse 113
5070 Frick
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Bettina Landau (Dr.)
SCOTTISH CROP RESEARCH INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 605 000
Address
Invergowrie
DD2 5DA Dundee
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Neil Hattersley (Dr.)
HEINRICH-HEINE-UNIVERSITAET DUESSELDORF
Germany
EU contribution
€ 300 000
Address
Universitaetsstrasse 1
40225 Dusseldorf
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Uwe Droste (Mr.)
Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning CAAS
China
EU contribution
€ 359 000
Address
Zhongguancun Nan Da Jie 12
100081 Beijing
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Juan Li (Dr.)
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
United States
Address
Neill Hall 423
99164-3140 Pullman, Washington
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Brenda Griffin (Ms.)
KWS SAAT SE & CO KGAA
Germany
EU contribution
€ 784 000
Address
Grimsehlstrasse 31
37574 Einbeck
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Robert Heidhues (Mr.)
KWS UK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 473 907
Address
Church Street 56
SG8 7RE Thriplow
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Chris Tapsell (Dr.)
KWEEK- EN RESEARCHBEDRIJF AGRICO B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 148 320
Address
Burchtweg 17
8314 PP Bant
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Freddy Drijfhout (Mr.)
SABANCI UNIVERSITESI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 89 450
Address
Universite Caddesi N 27, Orta Mahalle
34956 Tuzla Istanbul
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Albert Erkip (Prof.)
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 298 249,78
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ivan Kristoffersen (Mr.)