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Multi species swards and multi scale strategies for multifunctional grassland based ruminant production systems

Objective

MULTISWARD will support developments and innovations in grassland production and management throughout the diversity of European farming systems, pedo-climatic and socio-economic conditions. It will enhance regulating and supporting services from grasslands at the farm and landscape levels whilst improving the competitiveness of grassland-based ruminant production systems. This will be achieved by a concerted use of diversity: multi-species swards, diversity of plant communities at the farm and landscape levels and diversity of production systems at the landscape level. To reach this goal, MULTISWARD will: 1.Define the roles and utility of grassland from economic, agronomic and environmental perspectives and determine stakeholder’s requirements and expectations with respect to multi-functionality in EU countries 2.Assess the performance of multi species swards (MSS) in terms of plant productivity and animal nutrition over a range of environments and determine the most appropriate mixtures according to the soil and climatic conditions 3.Optimize the role of MSS in the provision of regulating and supporting services and maintaining a high level of biodiversity 4.Design and evaluate innovations in grazing and animal management (including animal genetics) to enhance the sustainability and competitiveness of grassland-based ruminant production system 5.Provide adequate evaluation tools (indicators and models) to assess ways of combining high production efficiency with optimal provision of regulating and supporting services from grasslands at farm to regional levels 6.Identify and analyse the effects of socio-economic and policy scenarios supporting grassland development or inducing grassland replacement by annual crops in order to support the design of future policies 7.Disseminate knowledge to key stakeholders through a participatory framework that will allow exchanges between researchers and key stakeholders and increase awareness of grassland based systems

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/genetics and heredity
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/plant breeding/crops
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/nutrition
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2009-3
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 636 251
Administrative Contact
Pierre Delage (Mr.)

Participants (14)

ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 293 604
Address
Visualisation Centre Penglais
SY23 3BF Aberystwyth
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Emyr Reynolds (Mr.)
EIDGENOESSISCHES DEPARTEMENT FUER WIRTSCHAFT, BILDUNG UND FORSCHUNG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 344 412
Address
Bundeshaus Ost
3003 Bern
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Olivier Huguenin-Elie (Dr.)
Agricultural Catchments Programme
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 345 000
Address
Oak Park
R93 Carlow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Pat Dillon (Dr.)
VLAAMSE GEWEST
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 172 624
Address
Avenue Du Port 88
1000 Brussel
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Erik Van Bockstaele (Prof.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 197 609
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Boudewijn Kroes (Mr.)
GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITAT GOTTINGEN STIFTUNG OFFENTLICHEN RECHTS
Germany
EU contribution
€ 97 800
Address
Wilhelmsplatz 1
37073 Gottingen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kurt Von Figura (Prof.)
NORGES MILJO-OG BIOVITENSKAPLIGE UNIVERSITET
Norway
EU contribution
€ 122 608
Address
Universitetstunet 3
1433 As
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anja Nieuwenhuis (Ms.)
NIBIO - NORSK INSTITUTT FOR BIOOKONOMI
Norway
EU contribution
€ 73 802
Address
Hoegskoleveien 7
1430 Aas
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Knut Anders Hovstad (Dr.)
UNIWERSYTET PRZYRODNICZY W POZNANIU
Poland
EU contribution
€ 130 500
Address
Ulica Wojska Polskiego 28
60 637 Poznan
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Piotr Golinski (Prof.)
RHEA - NATURAL RESOURCES, HUMAN ENVIRONMENT AND AGRONOMY
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 172 600
Address
Rue Des Anciens Combattants 13
1450 Chastre
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alain Peeters (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI UDINE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 122 400
Address
Via Palladio 8
33100 Udine
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sandra Paroni (Ms.)
FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR BIOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU STIFTUNG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 106 140
Address
Ackerstrasse 113
5070 Frick
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Beat Droll (Mr.)
INSTITUT DE L'ELEVAGE
France
EU contribution
€ 26 640
Address
Rue De Bercy 149
75012 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andre Le Gall (Mr.)
INRAE TRANSFERT SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 155 605
Address
Rue Du Docteur Finlay 28
75015 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ronan Pendu (Dr.)