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Solutions for improving Agroecosystem and Crop Efficiency for water and nutrient use

Objective

SolACE's overarching goal is to help European agriculture facing the challenge to deal with more frequent combined limitations of water and nutrients in the coming decades, through the design of novel crop genotypes and agroecosystem management innovations to improve water and nutrient (i.e. N and P) use efficiency. To achieve this goal, SolACE will focus its activities on three major European crops - potato, bread and durum wheat - and will identify the (i) optimum combinations of above- and below-ground traits for improving resource use efficiency, (ii) best-performing genotypes under combined water and N or P stresses and (iii) novel practices that make better use of plant-plant and plant-microbe interactions to access water, N and P resources in conventional, organic and conservation agriculture. SolACE will implement a double interactive innovation loop, based on agroecosystem management and breeding strategies, and will imply the engagement of diverse end-users, across the production chain, from farmers and farm advisors to NGOs, SMEs and larger industries in the agri-business sector, through the SolACE consortium and a range of stakeholders' events. The tested innovations will include crop genotype mixtures, legume-based crop rotations and cover crops, microbial inoculants, as well as improved decision support systems and hybrids or products from genomic selection and participatory evolutionary breeding schemes. SolACE will implement complementary approaches, from data mining, modelling, phenotyping in high throughput platforms and field conditions, to experiments in research stations and farmers' networks in contrasted pedo-climatic zones. Through the co-design and co-assessment with the end-users of the selected novel breeding and management strategies to increase the overall system resource use efficiency, the findings of SolACE will be deemed acceptable and readily available for dissemination to a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including policy-makers.

Field of science

  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/plant breeding/crops
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data mining

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2016-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
Address
Rue De L'universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 063 000

Participants (24)

AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 385 000
Address
Giefinggasse 4
1210 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA E L'ANALISI DELL'ECONOMIA AGRARIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 390 000
Address
Via Po 14
00198 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR BIOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU STIFTUNG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Ackerstrasse 113
5070 Frick
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE JAMES HUTTON INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 365 000
Address
Errol Road Invergowrie
DD2 5DA Dundee
Activity type
Research Organisations
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 205 000
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SABANCI UNIVERSITESI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 85 000
Address
Universite Caddesi N 27, Orta Mahalle
34956 Tuzla Istanbul
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 260 000
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 445 000
Address
Place De L Universite 1
1348 Louvain La Neuve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDADE DE EVORA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 88 000
Address
Largo Dos Colegiais 2
7000 803 Evora
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM
Germany
EU contribution
€ 140 000
Address
Schloss Hohenheim
70599 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 345 000
Address
Kings Gate
NE1 7RU Newcastle Upon Tyne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 225 000
Address
Calle Ramiro De Maeztu 7 Edificio Rectorado
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EIDGENOESSISCHES DEPARTEMENT FUER WIRTSCHAFT, BILDUNG UND FORSCHUNG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Bundeshaus Ost
3003 Bern
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
ARVALIS INSTITUT DU VEGETAL
France
EU contribution
€ 445 000
Address
Rue Joseph Et Marie Hackin 3
75116 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
CON.CER. SOCIETA' COOPERATIVA AGRICOLA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 189 375
Address
Via Matteotti 57
71100 Foggia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DE CEUSTER MESTSTOFFEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 120 000
Address
Fortsesteenweg 30
2860 Sint-katelijne-waver
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EUROPEAN CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE FEDERATION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 47 000
Address
Rond Point Schuman 6/5
1040 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
INRAE TRANSFERT SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 300 000
Address
Rue Du Docteur Finlay 28
75015 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LINKING ENVIRONMENT AND FARMING LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 170 000
Address
The National Agricultural Centre Stoneleigh Park
CV8 2LG Kenilworth Warwickshire
Activity type
Other
OKOLOGIAI MEZOGAZDASAGI KUTATOINTEZET KOZHASZNU NONPROFIT KFT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 260 000
Address
Melczer Utca 47
1174 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
ONTWIKKELINGSMAATSCHAPPIJ HET IDEE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 205 000
Address
Hoflaan 23
3062 JA Rotterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SP SOURCON PADENA GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 48 750
Address
Sindelfinger Strasse 3
72070 Tubingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SYNGENTA FRANCE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 147 625
Address
12 Chemin De L'hobit
31790 Saint Sauveur
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VOGT WOLFGANG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 71 250
Address
Lembergstrasse 18
72072 Tubingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)