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

Objetivo

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.

Ámbito científico

  • /ciencias naturales/ciencias biológicas/microbiología
  • /ciencias naturales/informática y ciencias de la información/inteligencia artificial/sistemas expertos
  • /ciencias agrícolas/agricultura, silvicultura y pesca/agricultura
  • /ciencias agrícolas/ciencias animales y lácteas

Convocatoria de propuestas

FP7-KBBE-2008-2B
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Régimen de financiación

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

Coordinador

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Dirección
Place De L Universite 1
1348 Louvain La Neuve
Bélgica
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Aportación de la UE
€ 512 999
Contacto administrativo
Stéphane Declerck (Prof.)

Participantes (7)

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