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Enhancing biomass production from marginal lands with perennial grasses

Objective

Perennial grasses, which once established can be harvested and re-grow annually for many decades, have a number of other beneficial characteristics which suit them as biomass crops. These include high resource use efficiency, high productivity, good environmental qualities and a wide range of end uses. Environmental benefits include high rates of soil carbon sequestration, enhanced biodiversity and soil stabilisation. Furthermore, perennial grasses naturally colonise marginal areas of land which often impose severe restrictions on the growth of vegetation. Marginal land is defined as land of poor quality for agriculture and which yields poor returns for the farmer. The aim of this project is to identify, characterize and develop novel varieties of C3 grasses (Dactylis glomerata, Festuca arundinacea and Phalaris arundinacea) and the C4 genus Miscanthus that show high and stable productivity and require the minimum of additional inputs when grown on different forms of marginal land. In broad terms the work will contribute to overcoming specific bottlenecks along the whole perennial grass-based production chain. In particular it will use modelling to identify the optimal characteristics and geographical distribution of perennial grasses of potential use for biomass production, undertake pre-breeding of novel varieties, investigate stress tolerance and develop drying characteristics following harvest. The consortium assembled to achieve these outputs consists of 12 partners from eight countries representing Northern, Central and Western Europe and partners from Russia and China and involves three SME partners.

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2011-5
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

Agricultural Catchments Programme
Address
Oak Park
R93 Carlow
Ireland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 713 851
Administrative Contact
Mairéad Esmonde (Ms.)

Participants (11)

THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD, OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 178 048
Address
College Green
2 Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Deirdre Savage (Ms.)
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 398 978
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Erik Steen Jensen (Prof.)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 478 211
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Britta Breinbjerg (Ms.)
TINPLANT BIOTECHNIK UND PFLANZENVERMEHRUNG GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 370 801
Address
Magdeburger Landstrasse 33 Ot Klein Wanzleben
39164 Wanzleben Boerde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juergen Abraham (Dr.)
SHANGHAI INSTITUTES FOR BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
China
EU contribution
€ 124 200
Address
Yueyang Road 320
200031 Shanghai
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Xinguang Zhu (Prof.)
The Establishment of the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Cytology and Genetics, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Russia
EU contribution
€ 98 998
Address
Lavrentyeva 10
630090 Novosibirsk
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sergey Peltek (Dr.)
KNOWLEDGE NOW LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 318 162
Address
Lydgate House Lydgate Lane
S10 5FH Sheffield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Chapman Chapman (Dr.)
INSTYTUT GENETYKI ROSLIN POLSKIEJ AKADEMI NAUK
Poland
EU contribution
€ 94 160
Address
Ul Strzeszynska 34
60-479 Poznan
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jeżowski Stanisław (Prof.)
DLF SEEDS AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 130 103
Address
Ny Ostergade 9
4000 Roskilde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Klaus K. Nielsen (Dr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 32 311
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joanne Watson (Ms.)
THE CIRCA GROUP EUROPE LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 60 800
Address
Pembroke Street 26 Fitzwilliam Business Centre
D02 Dublin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jim Codd (Mr.)