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Valorizing Andean microbial diversity through sustainable intensification of potato-based farming systems

Objective

VALORAM aims at exploring and valorizing Andean soil microbial diversity for the development of alternative, efficient technologies and crop management practices to improve the sustainability and productivity of Andean cropping systems benefiting rural farming households. The project will focus on potato because of its global importance for small-scale farmers in the central Andean highlands. The participants will use metagenomic, genomic, proteomic and metabolomic analysis to identify novel traits of microorganisms and characterize beneficial soil microbial communities, to achieve the objective. The project specific aims are to (1) explore the agro-ecosystem functions of soil microbes in potato-based cropping systems and preserve the components of this microflora in international culture collections, (2) elucidate the role of rhizosphere microorganisms and communities in promoting plant growth, suppressing soil borne disease and priming plant biotic defenses, developing eco-efficient technologies/products for sustainable crop production systems, (3) develop applied technologies and knowledge-based systems to improve the sustainability and resilience of potato based cropping systems for the benefit of the indigenous farmers and (4) promote the exchange of scientific knowledge and technologies among partners and the LA scientific community to impulse research in this area and support the continuous development of crop production technologies. The strategy for VALORAM implementation is to engage LA and EU partners in developing and further stengthening collaborative research activities in order to sustainably improve potato-based systems. This is supported by a multidisciplinary team of experts with highly complementary skills and based on a robust management structure with an efficient workshop and communication programme. The results will directly benefit the local partners and may also contribute to increase the productivity of organic potato production in the EU.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence/expert systems
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2008-2B
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Funding Scheme

CP-SICA - Collaborative project for specific cooperation actions dedicated to international cooperation partner countries (SICA)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Address
Place De L Universite 1
1348 Louvain La Neuve
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 512 999
Administrative Contact
Stéphane Declerck (Prof.)

Participants (7)

AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 555 560
Address
Giefinggasse 4
1210 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Angela Sessitsch (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 457 552
Address
Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mary Cusack (Ms.)
LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 464 520
Address
Geschwister Scholl Platz 1
80539 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Arthur Schuessler (Prof.)
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 302 398
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul De Vos (Prof.)
CENTRO INTERNACIONAL DE LA PAPA
Peru
EU contribution
€ 257 310
Address
Avenida La Molina 1895
12 Lima
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carlos Alonso (Mr.)
FUNDACION PARA LA PROMOCION E INVESTIGACION DE PRODUCTOS ANDINOS
Bolivia
EU contribution
€ 205 798
Address
Av Meneces Km 4, El Paso
Cochabamba
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Iber Albornoz (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD TECNICA PARTICULAR DE LOJA
Ecuador
EU contribution
€ 221 249
Address
San Cayetano Alto S/n
11 01 608 Loja
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Juan Pablo Suarez (Dr.)